NMHDA 24th AGM, Mathema and Amatya honoured and workshop conducted

Honourable Minister for Population and Environment Jaya Dev Joshi addressing the Closing of NMHDA AGM


President of NMHDA Krishna Prasad Devkota, speaking from the chair said that the private sector now have to intensified their efforts for benefit of all including the private sector stakeholders. The current challenges in micro hydro sector should be taken as opportunities. Therefore, the Association is planning to gather knowledge and expertise for the growth of private sectors and other stakeholders. In the current situation private sector entrepreneurs need to be united and work together under the auspice of the NMHDA.
Immediate past president Surendra Bhakta Mathema, past president Dewan Saingh Thapa, advisor Krishna Chandra Subedi, president of Solar Electric Manufacturers Association Nepal Uttam Sitaula, General Secretary of Khimanand Kandel also spoke on the inaugural programme highlighting need of private sector friendly policies and programmes for easier service delivery to the target people. They also elaborated that private sector is supporting the government and development partners in promotion of alternative energy technologies in the country.
NMHDA organised a workshop programme on the second day. Alternative Energy Promotion Centre/ Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood Programme had supported NMHDA to conduct the workshop on Mini/ Micro Hydropower Projects in Off Grid Utility Model. AEPC, ED Ram Prasad Dhital, the micro hydro entrepreneur for Barpak, Gorkha Bir Bahadur Ghale, entrepreneur from Babiachaour (Surkhet) Kehav Nepal, NMHDA President Krishna Prasad Devkota presented the experiences, concepts and viabilities of the off grid utility model in Nepal’s context. The workshop was moderated by RERL National Manager Satish Gautam. The private sector stakeholders and others had dialogue and discuss for the better implementation of the modality which finally would fetch benefit to the users and entrepreneurs.
Honourable Minister for Population and Environment Jaya Dev Joshi as the chief guest at the closing of the AGM, spoke the need of wider private sector partnership in micro hydro and other such technologies for the people of Nepal. The government will extend cooperation and help create conducive environment. He also mentioned that Nepal and Group of Least Developed Countries are joining hand for the environment to make better in global scenario.
NMHDA has been honouring eminent personalities every year in reorganisation of outstanding contributions to the micro hydro sector. It had selected Surendra Bhakta Mathema and Vishwo Bhushan Amatya to honour this. Minister Joshi gave away the letter of honour to the awardees.
National Reconstruction Authority CEO Prof. Dr. Govind Pokhrel, Secretary at Ministry of Population and Environment Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, former FNCCI President Kush Kumar Joshi, AEPC ED Ram Prasad Dhital, RERL National Manager Satish Gautam, awardees duo and NMHDA General Secretary Tej Narayan Thakur spoke on the occasion. The closing programme was presided over NMHDA President Krishna Prasad Devkota. (PNR) 








NEA agrees to buy power generated by 2 MHPs

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and two micro hydropower plants had entered Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in late March 2016. Following the PPA two plants will synchronise electricity generated by MHPs to the national grid. Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), the government institution responsible for alternative energy promotion has been coordinating the PPA to take place. This is initiating of PPA with MHPs official status.

The two MHPs who agreed PPA are Syaurebhumi Micro Hydropower Project (23 kW), Sikre VDC, Nuwakot and Leguwakhola Micro Hydropower Project (40 kW), Marek Katahare VDC, Dhankuta. Both the MHPs were installed with subsidy of Government of Nepal through AEPC. These both were completed three years back in BS 2070. A total of 660 households have been provided electricity access by the said MHPs currently. Connection to the national grid has been brought into effect after the national grid extension stretched to the locations.

After connecting to the national grid the MHPs will be able to make money as they are 24 hours generating electricity and NEA will pay against receiving electricity through the national grid. Thus, the MHPs will be self sustaining and better operationalised.

According to the PPA NEA will pay Rs 4.80 per unit (watt hour) in wet season and Rs 8.60 in dry season. The rate will be revised with 3% per year for five years.

Rana Bahadur Thapa, manager of Community Electrification Sub-Component at AEPC elaborated study on viability of PPA with NEA and Micro Hydropower Projects had been in process since 2006. Formulation of better modality and finding suitable MHPs were taken into consideration in the first phase, according to Thapa. This process had encouraged the communities and as will help sustainability of MHPs currently in operation and those installed in future. Thus, AEPC is putting efforts on connecting MHPs to national grid as well.

Executive Director at AEPC Ram Prasad Dhital, in this context, said that private sector investors now can join in MHPs as entrepreneurs. The first PPA made confidence on MHPs so as had been able to woo the investors and stakeholders. The PPA with MHPs also create environment of upgrading the materials and equipments used in MHPs, process of construction and installation so as to suite NEA standard. As such, micro hydro entrepreneurs will have opportunities in upgrading their capacities. Likewise, government sector will put efforts in coordinating resources for MHPs to connect to the national grid.

NEA and AEPC had principally agreed earlier in July 2015 to this effect. The PPA coming into effect is as a matter of fact opening a wayout for around 1500 MHPs installed in the country to be connected to the national grid. (April 1, 2016)