ADB pilots Nepal's first clean tech village

December 20, 2011

Dhaubadi, in remote Nepal has become the ADB's first 'renewable energy village',as the Times of India called it. Using money from the Asian Development Bank and in partnership with the local community and government, the pilot wind-solar hybrid power system brings power to the village. Other clean-tech solutions are being integrated into the pilot.

The development allows villagers to work at night by light, recharge mobile phones and even watch television, but its key is local participation.

A Rural Renewable Energy Service Company (RURESCO) has been established to ensure project viability, knowledge sharing and proactive private sector participation. This project expects to reduce the use of battery, kerosene and firewood by mobilizing the abundantly available wind, solar and biogas energy.

So far Dhaubadi has two sets of 5 KW wind turbines complimented by an array of solar PV panels which can generate 43.6 KWh of electricity, capable of lighting the 46 households of the village. But more green tech is on the way.

For the long term sustainability of the project ‘Hoorhoore Danda Cooperative’ has formed a steering committee which has developed its own mechanism for the management and maintenance of the energy system. The cooperative generates revenue from the payment by the residents for the use of energy. “The revenue will be utilized for the management and maintenance of the project and for the development of infrastructure and as loan facility for the benefit of the people,” said the ADB in a statement.

The cooperative is also planning to set up a center of information, telecommunication and training to connect with the outside world and the building of a health clinic.