December 16, 2020 | Investopaper
Two micro hydro projects constructed in two villages of Mugu have started generating electricity. The Ghanseodhar Khola Micro Hydropower Project with a capacity of 17 kW has been constructed in Mugumkarmarong Gaupalika. Likewise, Rumakhola Micro Hydropower Project with a capacity of 35 KW in Soru Gaupalika has been constructed with the grant assistance of Alternative Energy Promotion Center.
215 households have benefited from Ghanseodar Khola Micro Hydropower Project and 350 households from Rumakhola Micro Hydropower Project. Inaugurating both the projects, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Madhu Prasad Bhetuwal pointed out the need for sustainable operation of micro hydro projects. He said that the government aims to electrify remote villages of the district through micro hydro projects in a short time.
Madhusudhan Adhikari, executive director of the center, said that the center has intensified the work of electrification to make the government’s ‘Ujyalo Nepal Abhiyan’ a success.
The Ghanseodhar Micro Hydropower Project constructed at a cost of Rs. 16.8 million has a grant assistance of Rs. 64.60 million from the Center. The remaining cost has been borne by the village and community. Similarly, the Rumakhola Micro Hydropower Project constructed at a cost of Rs. 283.6 million has a grant assistance of Rs. 13.3 million from the Center. Likewise, the remaining amount has been borne by the village municipality and community.
The center aims to connect 200 mini-grid projects at 97 local levels that do not have a national transmission line.