Feasibility Study of Electric Clean Cooking Program in Solabhang, Rukum

Background

The 60 kW Sakha Khola III Micro Hydropower Plant located in Solabang, Rukum experienced a rapid increase in demand of electricity boosting local economy and contributing towards generation of local employment. Electricity produced from this plant is not only used for lighting households but is also playing a major role in running heavy equipment workshops to repair trucks, commercial scale furniture industry, dairy and numerous semi-urban scale shops and enterprises. These growing opportunities are also attracting migrant workers from different parts of the region.

The small village of Solabang is experiencing rapid increase in electricity demand with unceasing introduction of new electrical appliances. While this could be seen as a positive indicator for local economy and livelihood, the village is also dependent on a single micro hydropower plant. To balance the supply and demand, the study aims to look specifically on implementation and impact of electric cooking appliances on micro hydropower plant. The study will systematically identify a normative behavior of household cooking to develop sets of standard cooking profile. Available electric cooking technologies such as low wattage, heat storage, infrared and induction cookers will be tested and proposed to fit in the profile. The overall assessment will include both technical and consumer behavior. Use of data-logger on both micro hydropower plant and appliances will measure the electric interactions and daily consumer logging to measure convenience, practicality, and safety of the users.

The objective of the study

  • Develop the cooking profile of the community.
  • Propose electric solution or solutions to fit the profile.
  • Test the appliances in lab to technically verify the match.
  • Test on the site to measure technical (plant and load) and consumer behavior.
  • Propose and recommend solution based on the outcome.
  • Conduct overall assessment including assessment of convenience, safety,
  • willingness for ownership, hydropower plant behavior, adaptability and availability of technology and local manufacturing.