China on Sunday donated more than 32,000 solar power generating systems to Nepal to enhance its domestic capacity in combating climate change and to provide electricity to communities that have not had power since an earthquake in 2015.
The donated items included 32,000 sets of household solar power generation systems and 325 sets of solar power generation systems, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Addressing the ceremony, Ram Prasad Lamsal, joint secretary at Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment, expressed gratitude to the Chinese government for its support.
“The support provided by China is instrumental to addressing environmental problems and climate change. It will also benefit our people from the perspective of health and saving time,” Lamsal said.
According to the Nepali government, the systems will be distributed by the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) in districts highly impacted by a devastating earthquake in the country in 2015.
AEPC said the districts receiving the donation are Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, Nuwakot, Dhading and Lamjung where many villages have yet to be connected to the national electricity grid.
Ram Prasad Dhital, executive director at AEPC, told Xinhua that “the larger power generation systems will be used for community schools, health centers and local government offices while the low power systems will be used by households.”
Peng Wei, economic and commercial counselor at the Chinese embassy in Nepal, attended the hand-over ceremony.
The distribution is expected to start soon after completing technical arrangements.