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Nepal should focus on solar energy for net zero emission

The Nepal Weekly
June 18, 2024

A study has revealed that emphasis should be given to power production based on the sources of renewal energy like Solar Photovoltaic reducing full dependency in hydropower at a time when water-level in rivers has started decreasing as the result of climate change effect.

The study report on ‘Integrated development of hydropower and solar energy for security, affordability and sustainability in Nepal’s energy mixture’ stresses that there is immense potentials of renewal energy including hydropower and solar energy in Nepal and it needs to be developed as a complement.

The study was carried out by the Renewal Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) with the support from Solar Technology Promotion Programme for economic development funded by GIZ (a German development agency).

At a programme organised in Kathmandu the other day with an aim to presenting the final conclusions of the study report before all stakeholders, Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Sushil Chandra Tiwari, underscored the need to develop and expand of renewal energy including solar energy along with hydropower to ensure the energy security and export of power in the days ahead analyzing the energy sector of Nepal.

Executive Director of the Centre, Nawa Raj Dhakal, pointed out the need for reforming policy-matters and creating investment friendly environment for the development of sustainable and clean energy.

As per the Nepal’s commitment to Paris Agreement, Nepal needs to develop renewal energy to achieve the goal of net zero emission till 2045 as also to ensure 20 per cent of energy to be consumed through renewal sources till 2030.

The report of Second Nationally Determined Contribution (2020) has set a goal of producing 5,000 megawatt electricity from renewal energy till 2030.