Clean energy futureEnergy from hydroelectric power stations is environmentally friendly and cheap in the long term.
Nepal is fortunate to have a total potential of 83,000 MW—much more than the country needs. I fully support the opinion article about energy in Nepal (‘Reducing fossil fuel consumption in Nepal’, September 22).
Energy from hydroelectric power stations is environmentally friendly and cheap in the long term. I know that requires an extensive and expensive grid and that is not always easy to realise in a mountainous and earthquake-sensitive country like Nepal.
That is why I fully support the idea expressed in the article to install small hydroelectric power stations. A number of young Belgian engineers have developed such a power plant, with the support of a number of companies, the University of Leuven and the Belgian state, with the intention of supplying remote villages with electricity at low costs.
Their design is environmentally friendly, cheap, does not require large and expensive infrastructure works and can work completely independently. There is also the possibility of connecting the installation to the grid and thus selling the surplus of produced electricity to the electricity company.
Moreover, it is important to not only promote electric vehicles in the short term, but also to strongly incentivise people to purchase electric vehicles by implementing strict anti-pollution laws.
Roger De Groen, Honorary Consul of Nepal, Belgium