Morang district lights up with the installation of the 30-kilowatt capacity solar mini-grid project in Miklagunj Rural Municipality 1.
Besides this, nearly 75 houses in Aitabare area received electrification, prior to which residents suffered in the absence of a central transmission line.
The project was funded by the Asian Development Bank, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre and the District Coordination Committee who contributed Rs 14.5 million, Rs 1.6 million and 600,000, respectively.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Energy, Water Resource and Irrigation Minister Barsaman Pun said that the distant areas which do not have access to the central transmission line will be put in touch with solar energy.
Pun also added that the Nepal Government has put supply of drinking water and irrigation facilities on top priority.
Talking about future plans, he said that the formation of the Federal Government has paved way for energy tie-ups with China and Bangladesh.
There are many hydropower and renewable energy projects that are already initiated with small and large scale firms in Province 1.
Member of National Planning Commission Dr Krishna Prasad Oli, Executive Director of Centre Nabaraj Dhakal and Member of House of Representatives Ghanshyam Khatiwada, also shared their views on development prospects with the help of solar energy.
It is said that big changes begins with a small step. We hope that projects such as these pave the way for the overall development of Nepal.