Access to energy


The Energy programme in Nepal plans to increase access to energy in lightning, and clean and efficient technologies for cooking, benefiting 150,000 rural populations.

Practical Action focuses mainly on developing and testing new innovative ideas to engage the private sector in providing access to modern energy resources for the poor, and also developing enabling environment for increasing the role of private sector in energy access and increasing access to finance. It will demonstrate decentralised energy systems with particular focus on achieving minimum energy standards and total energy access to achieve universal access to energy by 2030.

The major areas of energy sector interventions are: climate resilient energy access planning, implementation and technologies; increasing private sector participation in energy access market; mobilising demand for energy services in marginalised communities;  introducing minimum energy standards for energy access; and ensuring productive end use of the energy systems contributing to sustainable livelihood of the poor households.

Result Based Financing for Sustainable Hood-stove Market

In rural areas of Nepal where access to grid electricity is limited, people are forced to use wood and coal fires for cooking and heating their homes. Burning these fuels creates toxic smoke which fills their houses and becomes lethal. The simple technology that we have been implementing across t...

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Development of commercially viable wind power systems in Nepal (RENP)

This is a research-focused project which aims to establish commercially viable wind power system in Nepal, implemented from April 2012 to March 2014.

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Energising Sustainable Rural Livelihood (ESRL)

The project aims to ensure sustainability of Micro-Hydro Plants (MHPs) through increased energy utilisation by enterprises that enhanced rural livelihoods with the use of PMSD approach.

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Sustainable Micro-Hydro through Energising Rural Enterprises and Livelihood (SMRE)

Lack of electricity can be detrimental to people's lives because energy is essential to community facilities such as schools and health centres. In rural parts of Nepal and India such as Dhaulagiri and Gram Vikas, Practical Action has already installed micro-hydro plants. This project will focus ...

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Community-managed energy service for vegetable market-chain (CEVeM)

In rural parts of Nepal, the lack of a reliable energy supply means many farmers have no access to the water necessary for growing vegetables in the dry season. With this two-year project funded by Wisions, we aim to increase production and quality of vegetables by demonstrating viability of an i...

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