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Four small hydropower projects completed in Nepal

The construction of four small hydropower projects with a total installed capacity of 54 Kilowatts has been completed in Nepal's Sankhuwasabha district, regional media reported.

The four hydro projects are Kusuwa Khola, Lakhu Khola, Hewa Khola and Niduwa Khola, reports indicate. More than 500 households in the district will benefit from these projects, according to Rural Energy Development Programme coordinators.

The trend of constructing micro hydro projects is increasing in districts that lack transmission lines connected to the national grid. Recently, a center for development of micro hydropower was set up in Nepal. The project is the first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation level micro hydropower center, regional media outlets reported.

Meanwhile, the construction of more micro hydro projects, including Shisuwakhola (60 kilowatts), Deumai Khola (14 kilowatts) and Sabhakhola (25 kilowatts) is under way. These projects are expected to be completed by next year, officials said.

The micro hydro projects are being constructed with financial assistance from the District Development Committee, Energy and Environment Department in the district and Village Development Committees.

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