ADB hands over Nepal hybrid

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has handed over Nepal's first wind-solar hybrid project to the Ministry of Environment.

The pilot project, completed under the ADB’s $3.8m regional technical assistance, is part of the bank’s Energy for All initiative, which increases access to energy in rural Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Maldives.

Designed and funded by the ADB, the hybrid development was installed in Dhaubadi village in western Nepal in 2011.

The project, which provides electricity to 46 households, has two sets of 5kW wind turbines, complemented by 2kW of PV panels used to satisfy the village’s electricity demand of 43.6KWh per day.

“The success of this project has demonstrated that it is indeed viable to provide reliable energy access to rural Nepal through wind-solar hybrid systems as one of the clean energy options,” says Kenichi Yokoyama, ADB’s country director for Nepal.

He says lessons learnt from this project will be useful in scaling up such systems across Nepal and in other countries.