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Weconnex - Nepal

Nexus Center Nepal

 Contract: 2015.10
Photovoltaics

Nexus Center Nepal

Project type:

Pilot Project

Technology:

Photovoltaics

Country:

Nepal

Project Status:

Ongoing

Project Start:

September 2015

End of Project:

Planned 2017

Partner:

WECONNEX AG, Jonschwil, www.weconnex.org, Lars Willi

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Swiss Contribution

WECONNEX AG, a spin-off from the Swiss company Trunz Water Systems AG, has accumulated over 8 years of experience in developing, manufacturing and distributing exceptionally energy-efficient water treatment and energy supply systems ideally suited for decentralized areas. Up to date Trunz Water Systems installed over 800 units in more than 40 countries.

Description

Despite Nepal‘s notable socioeconomic progress in the past years, a large part of the population is deprived of access to basic infrastructure. There is a large gap between supply and demand of electricity. The country also faces a number of problems related to the quality and availability of drinking water sources resulting amongst others from inadequate wastewater management and arsenic contamination from natural and anthropogenic sources.

The idea is to install 4 off-grid water and energy centers, so-called Nexus Centers, which are located in central and easily accessible locations in rural villages or rural market places in the districts Chitwan and Nawalparasi. These centers are equipped with environmentally friendly water treatment and energy supply systems of Trunz Water Systems and can therefore run independently in decentralized, “off-grid” areas.

Each Nexus Center will be operated by a franchisee, which is either a local group entrepreneurs, a women’s savings and credit group or a cooperative.