India-Nepal joint venture to tap wind energy

April 4th, 2009 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, Apr 4 (ANI): An Indian company and a Nepali firm have recently formed a joint venture company - USP Wind and Power System - in Kathmandu to tap wind to generate electricity.

“This company aims to tap wind to generate electricity in the Kathmandu Valley and remote districts. Wind energy projects can play a vital role in rural electrification,” said Surendra Bahadur Singh, executive director of the joint venture.

Shiv Raj Uday, an official representing the Indian firm, said that the Indian Government had been providing grant of more than 80 per cent for generation of wind energy in India.

Technical and financial support has been provided from the Indian side for the joint venture, Uday said.

According to findings of a study undertaken by the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) under the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Nepal can generate 3,000 megawatt (MW) of power by tapping wind energy.

70 MW can be generated in the valley, and the government aims to generate 20 MW, the study said.

“According to the study, one kilowatt (KW) produced can light 12 CFL bulbs (each having capacity of 15 watt), two fans, three television sets and two computers. One-kilowatt bulb can produce electricity for seven to nine hours continuously,” Singh added.

The study took place in Mustang, Ramecchap, Kathmandu, Okhaldhunga, Makwanpur, Palpa, Pyuthan, Myagdi and Kaski districts, Kantipur reports. (ANI)

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