Minister stresses development of alternative energy sources


    Minister of Population and Environment Jayadev Joshi has stressed on developing alternative energy sources to achieve the government’s goal of ending load shedding.

    Inaugurating the 16th Annual General Meeting of the Solar Electric Manufacturers Association Nepal here today, Minister Joshi said energy development was possible only through the collective efforts of the government, private sector, and donor agencies.

    He further said importing power from India to end load shedding was not a long-term solution. Similarly, Secretary at the Ministry of Population and Environment Dr Bishwonath Oli said the government should introduce renewal energy policy.

    Likewise, Executive Director of the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre Ram Prasad Dhital said solar energy had a huge potential to provide a sustainable solution to the energy crisis.

    Energy expert Prof Dr Jagannath Shrestha said 80 MW hydropower project and 30 MW solar energy plant could be developed from the Rs 16 billion saved from fuel used in generators, while Association Chairman Uttam Sitaula said entrepreneurs were ready to collaborate with Nepal Electricity Authority to make the government’s campaign of ending load-shedding a success.

    Source: The Himalayan Times