Technical Support Component
The Technical Support Component aims at accelerating RE service delivery to remote rural households to benefit men and women from all social groups contributing to a more equitable economic growth. The main sub-sectors and technologies targeted are: a) Biogas both households, community/institutional, b) Solid Biomass with a focus on Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS); c) Solar Energy with a focus on solar PV home systems including small solar home systems targeted for low income households in rural areas, community solar water pumping, and d) Community Electrification with a focus on micro-and mini hydropower and improved water mills. The emphasis is on scaling up implementation of established RETs and on improving the quality of all technologies, but other promising technologies will also be promoted in appropriate ways. In addition, the component will provide institutional building support to AEPC and the decentralised structures as well as support income generating and livelihood activities in catchment areas of community electrification schemes.
Across the various technologies, there will be support to formulation and implementation of e) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) interventions and other climate finance mechanisms in order to raise additional resources to the Central Renewable Energy Fund (CREF). Delivery of RETs and support to Operation and Maintenance (O & M) will remain entirely in the private sector or with NGOs. In addition, f) GESI, and g) Monitoring will be mainstreamed and supported across all RETs.
One of the potential effects of the Technical Support Component will be a strengthened RET supply sector in Nepal. Through the use of the private RET sector, its capability will be increased to supply more and better quality RETs as well as potentially carry out innovation activities. With the substantial support provided to the various RETs and with the high number of beneficiaries of NRREP, this green economy sector will be stronger at the end of the five years NRREP implementation period. This provides opportunities for RET suppliers to have a foundation for increasingly supplying to the non-subsidised markets.
To meet the development objective of improving the living standard of rural women and men, increase employment of women and men as well as productivity, reduce dependency on traditional energy and attain sustainable development through integrating the alternative energy with the socioeconomic activities of women and men in rural communities, NRREP work through different components and subcomponents.
The Subcomponents/Units under Technical Support Component are stated as follows:
- Biogas Subcomponent
- Biomass Energy Subcomponent
- Climate and Carbon Unit
- Solar Energy Subcomponent
- Community Electrification Subcomponent
- Institutional Support Subcomponent
- Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Unit
- Monitoring and Quality Assurance Unit
- Outreach Management Unit