To support Nepal’s efforts to develop its wind energy potential and enhance the country’s capacity to plan, develop and implement wind energy sector projects.
The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), in collaboration with the Nepalese government’s Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) and MIT Solutions (P), organized a workshop on the planning and development of wind energy projects in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 1-6, 2013.
Led by GSEP member State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and its China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), the workshop directly supported Nepal’s efforts to develop its wind energy potential. The country is in the early stage of establishing policy frameworks for the promotion and development of wind energy. As part of the government’s target of increasing the share of renewable energies in the energy supply to 10% in the next 20 years, AEPC is planning to upscale the implementation of wind turbine installation in the country. This workshop contributed to enhance the country’s capacity to plan, develop and implement wind energy sector projects, helping different stakeholders improve their understanding of Nepal’s wind energy potential.
The workshop was attended by 33 participants from different regions of Nepal, and featured the participation of representatives from the Asian Development Bank and the Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Nepal, Dr. Somlal Subedi. In his opening speech, Dr. Subedi remarked that he is "hopeful that this training workshop becomes a milestone for creating competent and creative human capacity in this sector by creating synergy among all stakeholders".
The workshop was proposed by Mr. Suraj Baral, recipient of the GSEP’s Education for Sustainable Energy Development (ESED) scholarship in 2006. Mr. Baral is the founder and Managing Director of the development and management consulting firm, MIT Solutions (P) Ltd. in Nepal that provides out-of-the-box solutions that are reliable and efficient for realizing sustainable growth and development in the country.