The rural areas of Nepal that are out of reach of the national grid have stopped waiting for the government. They have their own small hydropower plants managed by local community groups and cooperatives. A government subsidy of Rs 255,000 per kW produced also spurred communities to take power into their own hands. Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) reported that the total installed capacity of small-scale hydroelectric projects in Nepal topped 48 MW this year. Around 2,500 micro-hydro plants of between 5-100KW were installed all over the country, electrifying 200,000 households in the last 30 years.