Chief Minister of Province 7 Trilochan Bhatta and German Ambassador Roland Schäfer jointly launched the Renewable Energy for Rural Areas (RERA) programme in Dhangadi, Province 7 with contribution of €5 million from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to RERA for the period of 3 years. RERA is jointly implemented by AEPC and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

With a vision to ensure efficient and effective service delivery of small-scale renewable energy through improved outreach and enhanced local cooperation in federal Nepal, the RERA programme is supporting federalization in the Renewable Energy (RE) sector and works with federal, provincial and local governments, as well as with the civil society, private and banking sector for improving the energy situation in Nepal.

Amongst other measures, RERA supports AEPC in the setting up of two Project Implementation Units (PIU), which are joint offices of AEPC and GIZ in Province 1 and 7. Through these offices, RERA is able to reach out to provincial and local governments.

Besides, the RERA programme works on crosscutting issues of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and access to finance by mainstreaming of inclusive approaches into RE planning, implementation and monitoring, as well as supporting financial institutions in making funds available for businesses and end-users to purchase and market energy products and services.

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