Project's aim

The project aims to use micro hydro power generated by a low head propeller turbine to demonstrate the feasibility of this clean energy technology in the Terai region of Nepal.



Partners involved

People, Energy and Environment Development Association (PEEDA)

Demonstration of Sustainable Low Head Pico-Hydro to Deliver Enhanced Rural Energy Services to the Terai Region of Nepal

In the Madi municipality of Nepal, over 90% of the population originates from the Tharu, Chepang or Dalit communities. The Nepalese government recognises all these groups as being under-privileged. The majority of people in the area depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and lack basic energy access. Without electricity and with little chance of grid electrification in the near future, they are mainly dependent on kerosene, with only a few households owning photovoltaic solar panels. 

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To provide energy services / energy access to the rural population by mobilising the community to install 1kW and 3kW low head propeller turbines in two locations in the Madi municipality of Nepal
  • To identify and develop end use projects for the electricity at local level
  • To ensure community involvement in all stages of the project implementation by providing training in operation, maintenance and financial management
The project should be implemented within 16 months by the People, Energy and Environment Development Association (PEEDA).