Nepal recently opened a new center dedicated to developing and promoting microhydro technology, which involves generating hydropower of up to 1,000-kilowatt capacity. The center was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy. Through the center, Nepal will share its expertise in microdyro development by providing training and technical assistance in knowledge management and project monitoring to policymakers in South Asia.
Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank proposed to make Nepal one of the pilot countries to explore the development and use of alternative sources of energy including solar, biogas, wind and microhdyro power, said the bank’s vice president, Zhao Xiaoyu, according to Nepal News. Xiaoyu also commended Nepal’s commitment to developing alternative sources of energy and its “Electricity for All” initiative, which aims to expand access to electricity in the country’s rural regions.