Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

A.D.B. handed over the wind-solar hybrid system – which was installed inDhaubadi village, in the district of Nawalparasi, back in December 2011 –to the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre of Nepal’s Ministry of Environment.

The Asian Development Bank has handed over the country’s very first wind-solar hybrid energy system pilot project to Nepal.

A.D.B. handed over the wind-solar hybrid system – which was installed inDhaubadi village, in the district of Nawalparasi, back in December 2011 –to the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre of Nepal’s Ministry of Environment.

“The project is now providing electricity services to 46 rural households of Dhaubadi. This was the pilot for the hybrid wind and solar system in Nepal. The success of this project has demonstrated that it is indeed viable to provide reliable energy access to rural Nepal through solar-wind hybrid systems as one of the clean energy options,” said Kenichi Yokoyama, A.D.B.’s country director for Nepal.

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The wind-solar hybrid system installed is comprised of two sets of 5 kilowatt wind turbines that are complimented by 2 kilowatt peak of solar photovoltaic panels that can supply 43.6 kilowatt hour of power daily.

The project was done under A.D.B.’s regional technical assistance for Effective Development of Distributed Small Wind power Systems in Asian Rural Areas, for which the implementing agency was the A.E.P.C.

The regional technical assistance, which amounted to $3.8 million, was part of A.D.B.’s “Energy For All” initiative that pushes for increased access to energy in remote rural areas. – EcoSeed Staff

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