The Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood (RERL) is funded by Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and UNDP, and was developed as an integral part of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC)’s National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP) to assist in fulfilling its ambitious targets. Since AEPC and donors have adopted a single programme framework, the NRREP represents the collective baseline activities in the country on renewable energy. The specific Renewable Energy (RE) related components of that programme, particularly on Mini/Micro Hydro and large solar PV systems are included in the RERL project’s baseline activities.
The main objective of RERL is to support AEPC to remove barriers for scaling up of interventions which promote less-disseminated larger renewable energy systems such as mini hydro, large micro hydro and large solar PV systems. RERL supports development of sustainable implementation modalities such as demonstration projects, private sector involvement for financing and attainment of financial sustainability through promotion of productive energy uses.
RERL is providing technical assistance to develop mini/micro hydropower projects with the total installed capacity of 10 MW and Large Solar PV Systems of 2.5 MW. Among this, RERL is directly supporting beneficiaries to develop 1 MW of mini hydro and 0.5 MW of solar PV as demonstration projects.