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China’s Aid in Solar Power to Help Illuminate Nepali Government Headquarters

Singhadurbar, the Nepali government administrative headquarter is to be facilitated with solar lights with the help of China aid, reports Xinhua News.

A special ceremony was organized in the Singhadurbar premises for the inauguration of the solar photovoltaic project. The inauguration was done by Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Yu Hong.

Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli addresses the handover ceremony of China-Aid Solar Photovoltaic Project at Singhadurbar in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 10, 2018. Image Courtesy: Xinhua/Sunil Sharma

What they are saying:

  • Prime Minister Oli said, “Solar energy is an important technology for the mountainous country like Nepal in terms of efficiency and cost. I am thankful to China for the construction of this solar photovoltaic project in a short period of time and hopeful that this project can work as a model project for other areas.”
  • Adding, “Though we are rich in water resources, sole dependence on hydropower is costly. Thus, we are focusing on renewable energy.”
  • He also said that China’s Belt and Road Initiative has opened up a new avenue for cooperation between Nepal and China in multiple sectors including energy.
  • “I hope that this project will become a model project for Nepal to expand energy supply channels, strengthen electricity supply security and realize green development,” Chinese Ambassador Yu Hong said.
  • Adding, “The Chinese government has been engaged in efforts to help Nepal realize electricity development and will continue to provide assistance and support within its capacity in the economic and social development of the country.”

The Details:

  • Back in November of 2016, the solar panels were installed in at least 21 buildings around the central secretariat of the Nepali government, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy.
  • According to government officials, the estimated project cost is around 37 million Chinese yuan (about 5.97 million U.S. dollars).
  • The 14-month long project was implemented by China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd.

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