The Government of Nepal (GoN) has been supporting promotion and development of Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs). To date, Nepal has approximately 1,600 SIPs, 75% of which have been financed and installed by AEPC, and the remainder by a number of NGOs and INGOs such as IDE, ICIMOD, Winrock, and Practical Action.

Until the start of the 13th Plan (2013-2016), the use of solar energy for irrigation and drinking water was limited to hilly and remote areas. The 13th Plan incorporated ideas for solar energy for irrigation in the Terai. In the 2018-19 budget, the central government allocated NPR 350 million (~USD 3.5 million) as grants for SIPs and pledged additional support to renewable energy production if initiated by cooperatives and local communities in collaboration with the local government.

The 14th Plan also initiated a subsidy for solar drinking water and irrigation systems at the individual, community, and institutional (i.e., private sector) levels. The AEPC—our main partner in SoLAR project, is the main institution responsible for the implementation of Renewable Energy Subsidy Policy, 2016.

In addition to the AEPC, a number of government organizations are working to promote and implement SIP projects in Nepal. The majority of solar projects have been implemented in provinces 2, 3, and 4. The private sector plays a very important role in Nepal, given that subsidy delivery modality is driven by the private sector.

AEPC financed solar irrigation pumps in Nepal


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Innovation Fund Grantee Workshop and Coordination for Micro-Grid Pilot

Between 20th and 23rd February, a three-member team from SoLAR –Nepal travelled to Chitwan and Parsa to monitor a workshop held by Ghampower, a SoLAR IF grantee, in Chitwan and to coordinate procurement and implementation of the micro-grid pilot with Nepal Electricity Authority, Pokhariya. Mr. Zarrif Hussen, an ex-official of APEC Read more..

Director of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Nepal deliberates on recommendations by IWMI.TThe Executive Director of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Mr. Madhusudhan Adhikari, had convened a meeting, with researchers..

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Training of Technicians on Solar Water Pumping Systems – Nepal.

In order to improve the technical knowledge and capacity of local technicians and engineers on solar water pumping systems, Pathibhara..

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The IWMI-Nepal team visits two Municipalities to select sites for the SIP micro-grid connection pilot.

The predominant model in Nepal is stand-alone off-grid solar irrigation pumps (SIPs). These SIPs reduce the use of dirty diesel fuel to a large extent..

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Feasibility Studies Prove Chhipaharmai Rural Municipality As Potential Pilot Site.

As the country slowly opened up after a disturbing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, IWMI conducted a survey at two sites in Nepal Tarai..

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IWMI Nepal Conducts Field Visits to Explore GESI Impact of SIPs.

IWMI Nepal researchers conducted a 6-day field trip to explore the GESI (Gender Equality and Social Inclusion) impact of SIP models from November 12-17, 2021.

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SIP Training Imparted to Technicians in Saptari and Rautahat.

With the rising popularity of Solar Irrigation Pumps (SIPs) among farmers, the installations of the same have been gaining momentum over the years.

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Letter of Intent Signed between 4 Parties in Nepal.

A Letter of Intent (LoI) has been signed between Chhipaharmai Rural Municipality, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to support the SoLAR project in Nepal.

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Contact information

Shisher Shrestha (Country Lead- Nepal), National Researcher- Renewable Energy, Water & Climate Change, IWMI-Nepal

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