KAVREPALANCHOWK, JANUARY 6
Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Pampha Bhusal said the government has adopted the policy of replacing gas stoves with electric cooktops to prioritize the use of gas stoves. ‘clean energy.
Addressing the 21st annual general meeting of the Nepal Solar Electric Manufacturers Association in Dhulikhel today, she said large industries would be encouraged to consume electricity. The minister said the government has conveyed the policy of promoting electric vehicles and electrical appliances in all sectors.
She argued that solar power was more cost effective and faster. “The concept of ‘one sun, one world, one grid’ has been developed recently. This will further facilitate the use of solar energy,” she said, adding that although there are adequate sources of solar energy. clean water in Nepal, this water has multiple uses and its management presents challenges. In this context, she therefore suggested using solar energy.
Minister Bhusal argued that it was necessary to promote renewable energy even to fulfill the commitment made by Nepal at the UN Climate Conference COP26.
Stating that the government has adopted the policy of hybrid energy system and the goal is to incorporate 10 percent alternative energy into the system. The current installed capacity in the power system is approximately 2,100 megawatts of electricity and, in accordance with the “10% alternative energy policy”, approximately 200 megawatts of solar electricity can be installed.
Currently, solar power projects have signed a power purchase agreement for 110 megawatts and around 40 megawatts of solar power are currently in use.
“We will hold discussions with neighboring countries regarding energy trade.
There is a consultation plan on distributing free electricity for irrigation in Nepal, ”Bhusal said. Nepal Academy of Science and Technology Chancellor Dr Sunil Babu Shrestha suggested that all stakeholders carry out solar energy promotion work.
The executive director of the Alternative Energy Promotion Center, Madhusudan Adhikari, said there was a need to initiate policy discussions to harness the 92 percent of energy remaining to be used in Nepal. SEMAN president Indra Khanal said solar power has been extended to 3,000 institutions, including schools and health posts, and 961,000 families.
A version of this article appears in the January 7, 2022 print of The Himalayan Times.