Nepal: Energy Access and Efficiency Improvement Project
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.