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  • New Award Continues Winrock Legacy of Creating Clean Energy Markets in Nepal
    June 25, 2020 - News
    Winrock International has been named to lead a new initiative to accelerate clean cookstove market growth funded by the U.K.’s DFID-funded Modern Energy Cooking Services Challenge Fund at Loughborough University. Winrock has supported Nepal’s clean energy transition since the early 2000s, collaborating with both the public and private sector to create the current enabling environment for electric cookstove market growth. These contributions have played a significant role in Nepal’s development journey toward self-reliance and energy security through the creation of a reliable and resilient energy supply. For nearly 20 years, Winrock has facilitated the creation of clean energy markets, reduced emissions and forest degradation and improved indoor air quality.
  • Winrock Attends Grid Reliability and Utility Operations Conference in Accra, Ghana
    Winrock Attends Grid Reliability and Utility Operations Conference in Accra, Ghana
    February 21, 2020 - News
    On 4th and 5th February of 2020, Mr. Badri Nath Baral and Mr. Govinda Khanal from Winrock International participated in Grid Reliability and Utility Operations Conference organised by DFID funded Applied Research Program on Energy and Economic Growth in Accra, Ghana. Winrock presented findings from emerging research on the challenges that utilities in low and middle-income countries face in delivering reliable, sustainable electricity to customers. In total, 136 attendees from different countries, academia and development organizations participated the conference.
  • Winrock organized two-day knowledge exchange workshop jointly with NACCFL and Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood Programme/Alternative Energy Promotion Center
    Winrock organized two-day knowledge exchange workshop jointly with NACCFL and Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood Programme/Alternative Energy Promotion Center
    January 22, 2019 - News
    Winrock International, NACCFL and Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood Programme/Alternative Energy Promotion Center jointly organized two-day Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Solar Water Pumping (SWP) System including field visit to SWP system installed site on 20 - 21 January 2019. The event was organized as part of Knowledge Exchange to make SWP affordable to Small Farmer project funded by WISIONS. A total of 53 participants (21 female and 32 male) attended the workshop. Chairperson, Manager and other board members from eight SFACLs, Ward Chairperson, engineers and senior agricultural officer from (rural) municipalities, representatives from six SWP system supplier companies, farmers having installed SWP systems and Manager of SFACL who promotes SWP , representatives from NACCFL, Livelihood Expert from AEPC/RERL and Winrock International project team participated the workshop.   The first day of the workshop was organized at Darcy’s International Hotel, Butwal Municipality and a field visit to SWP site was organized in Ratanpur, Bharatpur Municipality on the second day. Ms. Resha Piya, Senior Program Officer from Winrock International delivered a presentation on SWP system technology, its working principle, advantages, disadvantages, impacts and business models and financial models to install SWP system. Four farmers with installed SWP systems for dairy farm, homestay, sugarcane farming and vegetable farming under Winrock’s Accelerated Commercialization Solar Photovoltaic Water pumping (AC-PVWP) project shared their experiences, success stories, challenges of using SWP system. In addition, six solar companies shared their business proposition including SWP product details, size, price, warranty, financial schemes from the company etc. On the second day, field visit was carried out to SWP system installed site for practical observation on how the system functions and interact with the farmer on its use and benefits. The workshop was very successful on sharing knowledge and experience of promoting and using SWP systems.
  • A video on Empowering Micro Hydro Plants
    January 15, 2019 - News
    The knowledge exchange program implemented by Winrock created long lasting impact and empowered micro hydro plant. Winrock developed a video that displays effectiveness of program and its achievement.
  • Technical Meeting on Small Water Infrastructure Insurance
    Technical Meeting on Small Water Infrastructure Insurance
    January 09, 2019 - News
    Winrock International conducted technical meeting on small water infrastructure insurance for USAID project partners in Summit Hotel. The meeting brought three insurance companies together and facilitated discussions on potentiality and possibility of small water infrastructure insurance.
  • Field Visit to Pashimanchal Pashupalan and Krishi Farm in Sainamaina 5 Rupandehi
    Field Visit to Pashimanchal Pashupalan and Krishi Farm in Sainamaina 5 Rupandehi
    December 28, 2018 - News
    Project team carried out field visit to interact with poultry owner about selection of biogas companies and initiate loan negotiation between poultry owner and JSLBBL.
  • Winrock project team visted Butwal for Increasing Rural Access to Finance for Productive Energy Use project under DFID funded Sakchyam
     Winrock project team  visted  Butwal for Increasing Rural Access to Finance for Productive Energy Use project under DFID funded Sakchyam
    December 27, 2018 - News
    Winrock project team visited Butwal for the meeting with Chairman and management team of Janauthan Samudayek Lagubitta Bikash Bank Ltd. (JSLBBL), conducted branch visit and held center meeting for Increasing Rural Access to Finance for Productive Energy Use project under DFID funded Sakchyam project. The team held meeting with senior management to track project progress and carried out branch visit to Murgiya of Butwal. During the visit, Winrock project team realized the need of continuous mentoring and guidance to JSLBBL. In addition, the project team suggested JSLBBL to collect technology-wise demand of each branch and focus on demand-based marketing along with live technology demonstrations from vendor to promote Climate Resilient Technologies. Further, the team carried out branch visit (Rampur Colony) and conducted center meeting in Murgiya.
  • Empowering Micro Hydro Plants
    Empowering Micro Hydro Plants
    December 25, 2018 - News
    Winrock International in partnership with Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihood/Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (RERL/AEPC) empowered the micro hydropower user’s committee through the Knowledge Exchange Program funded by WISIONS, which selected five weak micro hydro plants in the Baglung and Gulmi district. Chachlaghat MHP was one of those selected. Chachalghat MHP is situated in Badigad Rural Municipality-08 of the Baglung District. It has a capacity of 100 kilowatts and has been operating since 2013. But the plant was losing money because of weak office management, unorganized tariff collections, an unclear accounting system and irregular power supply.
  • A Winrock Legacy Story
    A Winrock Legacy Story
    December 20, 2018 - News
    Maya Ghalan is piloting her electric vehicle along the bumpy roads of Kathmandu, Nepal. In the last 15 years, she has logged thousands of miles in the scrappy three-wheeled electric minibus the Nepalis call a safa tempo. It’s part of an improbable fleet of more than 700 electric vehicles that have been plying the streets of Kathmandu for over 20 years.
  • Knowledge Exchange for Making Solar Water Pumping System Affordable to Small Farmers
    Knowledge Exchange for Making Solar Water Pumping System Affordable to Small Farmers
    December 03, 2018 - News
    Winrock International and Nepal Agricultural Co-operative Central Federation Ltd. (NACCFL) jointly visited Nawalpur, Rupandehi and Kapilvastu districts from 21-27 November 2018 to understand potential of solar water pumping (SWP) system . Ms. Resha Piya and Ms. Nira Bhatta from Winrock International and Mr. Kapil Gautam from NACCFL and representatives from SWP companies visited as a team. The team interacted with board members and managers of 8 Small Farmer Agricultural Cooperative Limited (SFACLs) located at Aghauli, Dumkibas, Kumarwarti, Dudharakchya, Saljhandi, Semlar and Barkulpur to assess the performance of SFACLs and their readiness to promote and provide credit to their members to install SWP systems for agriculture . The team carried out focus group discussions with farmers and also visited some of the potential farms to observe and understand exixting water pumping technologies and issues related to its operation and maintenance; type of crop and livestock; and farmer’s interest to adopt SWP systems. The team also carried out consultations with local elected representatives including Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chairperson, Ward Chairpersons of Kawasoti Municipality, Butwal Sub Metropolitan city, Sainamaina Municipality, Binaya Triveni Rural Municipality and Buddhabhumi Municipality to assess interest of local government to promote SWP systems in their areas and budget allocation for agriculture. In addition, the team discussed on existing knowledge of SFACL’s board members, farmers and local elected representatives on SWP technologies, its application, benefits, supply chain, price, operation and repair and maintenance during consultation process. Field visit revealed that SFACL’s board members, farmers and local elected representatives has limited information on SWP systems. Most of them are aware about SWP systems but only few have seen the systems operating. All SFACLs are found to be interested to promote and provide credit to SWP system for agriculture to their farmers but they were curious about water discharge quantity and maintenance requirement of the system. Likewise, farmers were also interested but their concerns were on cost/benefit analysis of existing system versus SWP. Similarly, local representatives seemed positive towards promoting SWP systems in their areas. Currently, none of the municipalities have allocated budget for solar pumping system promotion in this fiscal year. However, they mentioned that if there is request from community they can provide support from budget allocated for agricultural purpose. Winrock will design Knowledge Exchange Workshop to lessen the existing knowledge gap of all stakeholders and promote appropriate SWP system to meet the requirement and need of farmers.

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