KAVRE, Jan 6: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal has said that she has adopted a policy of replacing gas stoves with electric stoves to give priority to the use of clean energy.
Addressing the 21st Annual General Assembly of the Solar Electric Manufacturers Association Nepal (SEMAN), Minister Bhusal said that she has put forward a policy of encouraging the establishment of large scale industries consuming electricity and using electric equipment in every sector, and also the promotion of electric vehicles. She said, "Traditional energy consumption should be discouraged and the use of clean energy should be increased."
Minister Bhusal argued that solar energy will be helpful in solving the energy crisis as the cost of producing solar energy is comparatively low due to technology and can be produced in a short time. Noting that solar energy production is only available during the day, the concepts developed in recent times have made it easier, she said, "Lately, the concept of 'One Sun, One World, One Grid' has been developed. This will make the use of solar energy easier. ”
Stating that the world is involved in the promotion of renewable energy, she said that Nepal also needs to adopt the policy of using renewable energy. Minister Bhusal also mentioned that it is necessary to promote renewable energy to fulfill the commitment made by Nepal in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Minister Bhusal stressed that the government has adopted the policy of mixed energy system from the point of view of energy security. She said that the target is to include 10 percent alternative energy. "Alternative energy is mainly solar and wind energy," she said. At present, the power system has an installed capacity of about 2100 MW.