The solar grid has contributed 5 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, which has increased the overall capacity of the grid. The solar-powered electricity generated by a Solar Farm Pvt Ltd in Belchautara in Shuklagandaki Municipality-5 in Tanahu district was connected to the national grid. The Solar Farm Pvt Ltd is located in the district of Tanahu.
Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Pampha Bhusal officially opened a solar energy plant in this city today, which also happens to be the first private sector enterprise in the country to sign a power purchase agreement with the government, according to the minister.
Minister Bhusal stated that the energy industry in the country was growing as a result of the participation of both the private and public sectors. He also stated that the concerned State organs would construct reservoir-related projects in all seven provinces.
The decision was made, she claims, to develop in Province No 2 a solar energy project with a capacity of 200 megawatts. The free power up to 20 units for persons living below the poverty line, she continued, would assist almost 14 million people from 2.8 million homes, according to her estimates.
Concerning the high cost of electricity, she stated that the administration has agreed to lower the tariff. The Minister also urged everyone to make use of electric stoves (induction) in order to maximise the utilisation of the surplus electricity produced in the country by the government.
Mr. Bhusal stated that a reservoir-based project would be built in Province No. 1, a solar energy project would be established in Province No. 2 and that projects such as the Budhigandaki project would be built in Gandaki Province, the Naumure project would be built in Lumbini, the Lansinggaad project in Karnali Province, and the Paschim Soti project would be built in Sudurpaschim Province would be built.
Similarly, the chairwoman of the solar power project, Mohan Gurung, stated that the project was began in 2017, but that it was delayed as a result of COVID-19.
Solar power projects covering a total of 100 ropani of land had a total of 13,500 solar panels installed on them. The project plans to generate approximately 24,000 units of power each day, which is approximately a third of the total.
It was revealed that the Nepal Electricity Authority would purchase the electricity generated by this solar power project for Rs 7.30 per unit for the next 25 years, at a cost of Rs 7.30 per unit.