Nepal: Scaling Up Electricity Access through Mini and Micro Hydropower Applications

This report is the product of a World Bank executed technical assistance to the Government of Nepal under the overall leadership of the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE).
Overall the study concludes that the AEPC should vigorously pursue scaling up MHPs as standalone installations.   Simultaneously, it should work closely with the NEA to gain experience by operationalizing the grid connection of a few pilot MHPs. Based on the experience gained, it should also work on creating an enabling policy and procedure for grid-connection of MHPs. As for mini-grids, the AEPC should support them on a case-by-case basis after carefully assessing the actual demand for off-peak power as well as financial and economic benefits.