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Nepal: Energy Access and Efficiency Improvement Project

Evaluation Document | 19 November 2019

The Energy Access and Efficiency Improvement Project aimed to increase energy access, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and capacity building. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided a loan of SDR41.1 million ($65.0 million equivalent) from ADB’s Special Funds. To encourage reducing carbon dioxide emission, ADB also provided two grants— $0.3 million from the Climate Change Fund and $4.2 million from the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) under the Multi-Donor Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility. 

The outcome was reliable and energy-efficient power supply with increased access and operational efficiency in the project areas. The seven expected outputs were (i) 132 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines, substations, and capacitors banks; (ii) 33 kV/11 kV primary distribution and switching substations; (iii) the rehabilitation of Marshyangdi and Gandak hydropower stations; (iv) 11 kV feeders and related equipment in pilot areas; (v) countrywide delivery of CFLs; (vi) solar and solar–wind hybrid street light installation; and (vii) capacity building for PPP in the distribution and implementation of component 4.

This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.