SCP project offices produce their own solar energy

Photovoltaic system at the SCP office in Narayangar

 

In Nepal, the demand for electricity increases by 8 per cent annually. As the hydropower system is dominated by “run-of-rivers” projects, there is an acute lack of power in winter and an overflow during the wet season. The degree of capacity utilisation is low, since consumption is mainly driven by domestic homes in urban areas. System losses pose a major problem; they amount to some 25 per cent, including technical and non-technical losses such as theft.

 

The general lack of electricity leads to planned shut-offs: Load shedding has become a permanent part of Nepal’s power supply system – or better: its lack of power supply. Especially during the dry season, the dependency on hydropower becomes obvious as it leads to shut-offs of up to 16 hours per day in Kathmandu.

 

Dealing with load shedding is a major challenge for the industry and the business sector. Even the ministries in Kathmandu are not excluded from the shut-offs, and they can only work under very limited conditions in case the load shedding happens during office hours.

 

Even though the industrial sector is getting preferential treatment, manufacturing companies and hotels are suffering a lot from the energy crisis. Newspapers report that the processing industries reduce their production by 50 to 80 per cent in peak times. Small businesses are equally affected. Many of them depend on electrical power, which forces them to use diesel generators or back-up systems.

 

In order to achieve the project goals, the SCP project offices need reliable power supply. Therefore, we installed solar panels and battery back-up systems in our offices in Kathmandu and in Narayangar. These back-up systems guarantee uninterrupted power supply during office hours. They can be loaded from either the solar panels or the public power network.

 

The capacity of the installed system is sufficient to energize all our devices – computers, printers, fans, lamps – over a period of approximately 8 hours.

 

In addition to the CO2 savings in the construction sector, our project makes a direct contribution to the environment protection – by covering its demand for electrical power entirely through the use of renewable energy sources.

 

We walk the talk.

 

  

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Project Team Leader

Christian Wagner
Project Team Leader
EU-SCP Nepal

Phone +49.5141.973-233
E-mail  cwagner(at)dman.de