The Asian Development Bank has approved a USD21.6 million grant to help Bhutan meet its target of providing clean and affordable electricity to all of its rural households.
The grant will be used to partly finance the Bhutan Rural Renewable Energy Development Project, which aims to link some 5,000 households to on-grid electricity sourced from hydropower. The project will also provide solar power packs to 1,900 remotely located households that can’t be readily connected to the electricity grid.
In addition, the project covers the upgrade of some 2,500 existing solar power packs as well as the construction of pilot biogas production and wind power plants.
The project will be executed by Bhutan’s energy department and is expected to be completed by June 2015.