The country has immense hydropower resources, but only a fraction of this potential has been utilised so far.The Norwegian Energy and Climate Initiative (SE4ALL) presents an integrated approach to energy and climate development. Norway will contribute to low carbon development and adaptation to climate change for developing countries.
The bilateral energy assistance is formed and targeted to leverage commercial hydropower investments and increase Nepal’s electricity supply and access.
Rural Renewable Energy
Norway has for many years supported programs for bringing small-scale energy solutions to rural Nepal. Solar power installations, cooking gas generated from cow dung and micro hydropower plants are examples of what Norway has supported.
The assistance has provided significant results: 300 000 rural households have gained access to electricity and more than 500 000 households have received modern cooking stoves. This is having many positive effects on the life of ordinary people: indoor pollution is greatly reduced, giving relief from pain and suffering and reducing the risk of respiratory diseases and serious illnesses like pneumonia.
Norway remains dedicated to developing rural renewable energy. Together with other donors, the Embassy has committed a total of NOK 172 million to the Rural Renewable Energy and Development Program (NRREP).
Norway has provided funds for technical energy research in Nepal for a number of years. This contributes to build important competence and know-how for the development of Nepal’s hydropower resources.
To leverage commercial hydropower development, sufficient power transmission lines within Nepal are needed. Norway is co-funding a power transmission line project with the Asian Development Bank that will remove one of the bottlenecks for developing hydropower projects.