RECON Meeting with Leaders and Officials of Gandaki Province

Renewable Energy Confederation of Nepal (RECON), a common forum of associations of private sector involved in supplying and delivering alternative energy service and NGOs involved in promotion of alternative energy in Nepal. It works as an umbrella organization of associations of private sector who are committed to lobby and advocacy and are highly dedicated in enabling environment to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of professionals and practitioners involved in renewable energy value chain. The global campaigns such as Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Energy for All, Clean Cook Solutions are the guidelines for RECON for the public concerns. RECON, therefore, has been active in promotion of various RETs and methodologies to this regards.

Following it's own objectives, RECON has been actively engaged as one of partner organisations to the Green and Inclusive Energy Nepal Project coordinated by Centre for Rural Technology Nepal. In the past years, the confederation had been successful in lobby and advocacy movements to influence various policy making and programmes related to renewable energy access to all including women, poor, backward and unprivileged communities.  

As a continual effort, RECON is organised an interaction programme of knowledge sharing with the leaders, policy makers and planners of Gandaki Province(Province No. 4) on March 16, 2019 at the Meeting Hall of Chief Minister's Office Building, Pokhara,the provincial capital.

In the programme altogether 36 invitees had participated. They include high level participants from Province 4 (Gandaki Province) are Honourable Ministers, Honourable Members, Honourable Vice- chairman and NPC Members, Chief Secretary, Secretaries including  Secretary of Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development and so on.

In the Interaction Programme of Knowledge Sharing, Dr. Purushottam Shrestha, Sr. Director of CRT-N delivered presentation on introduction and objectives of GIE programme in uplifting marginalized community through green and inclusive energy, which has been implemented in collaboration with partner organizations viz., NACEUN, NEFEJ, IAPHF, RECON and Practical Action Nepal with the policy support of AEPC. He also highlighted the implementation strategies, outcome harvesting of the activities and policy recommendation for the upcoming planning focusing mainly on gender and energy issues.

Mr. Sahaj Man Shrestha, Media Coordinator made sensitization on the role of media to leverage key decision makers to prioritize in improving lives of people. He added media can make critical role to address the issues of marginalized people, poverty, health, pollution and of course can address issues of climate change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Planning Commission Members and policymakers of the province have shown their interest on alternative energy especially focusing on solar energy as a subsidiary and alternative use of different source of energy.

Prior to the interaction at the CM's office, the visiting team landed at the almost complete to construct bio-gas plant of 4000 cubic meter at Kurthi, Kaski. The project location is 20 km away from main Pokhara city. Mr. Kushal Gurung the owner of the project was escorting and explaining the specialties of the project which produces 200 cylinders per day. The cost of the project is Rs. 200 million. AEPC is expected to 50 million as subsidy to the project. The project started 2 years before and expected to come in breakeven point (BEP) from 5 years to 10 years. Selling of dry fertilizer (slurry) at the rate of Rs. 15 per Kg. in whole sale price and retail price is Rs. 40.

Prof. Dr. Jagannath Shrestha, Mr. Gyanendra Raj Sharma and Mr. Ram Bahadur Ghimre also had presentations on Solar PV as solution to household cooking and electricity to use as cooking fuel