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Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL).

Implemented by:

The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Nepal

Cost Sharing Organisations: Global Environment Facility, UNDP, Government of Nepal

Project details: Despite the great increase over the past two decades in the number of households with access to electricity, still about 30% of Nepals total population does not have access (as of 2011). Population without access to electricity in rural area is 30 times more than that of urban area. Alongside this, in Nepal about 85% of total energy consumed comes from traditional biomass such as fuelwood, agricultural residues and cattle dung. This continued reliance on traditional resources depletes the forests of trees and farmers fields of natural fertilisers. Even in urban areas, people have to face load shedding for up to 14 hours a day. On the other hand, there is a rapid growth in consumption of fossil fuels in transportation, industrial, commercial and domestic sectors draining hard earned foreign currency and causing huge trade deficits. The lack of national energy generation capacity and the importance of conserving the environment and balancing the trade regime are the reasons Nepals government gives priority to provide decentralized clean and renewable sources of energy to rural areas.

Between 1996 and March 2011, the Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP) enabled more than 57,000 households to light their homes, cook their food and power their enterprises from sources of clean energy (see table of achievements). This happened in the course of REDP developing a successful community-managed model for extending access to electricity in Nepals rural areas.

The RERL programme is a transition programme before the full-fledged GEF UNDP funded RERL programme is finalized and brought into implementation in 2014 for next 5 years. The full-fledged programme plans to link with the Government of Nepals harmonized National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme which started from mid-2012. Current RERL programme is targeted to complete the GON/AEPC and the WBs joint commitments for achieving the targets of 4.25 MW electricity generations through implementation of Micro Hydro Village Electricity Projects. The programme further supports the GON/AEPC to consolidate the best experiences/practices of REDP.

Project completion date : 2019-06-30 12:00:00


Address : Khumaltaar Heights

Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City

Post Box No.: 14364

Country :Nepal

Email :

Url :

Financier : Global Environment Facility (GEF),United Nations Development Programme,


UNDP, UN House

P.O. Box 107

Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: 977-1-5523200


Fax: 977-1-5523991, 5523986

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Date:Feb 6, 2016
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