The proposed project will finance the construction of (i) two solar PV power plants located in central-west Bhutan with a total capacity of 48-megawatt peak (MWp), (ii) one wind power plant located in western Bhutan with a total capacity of 23 MW, and (iii) respective transmission lines for grid connection. This will be the first step to diversify the generation portfolio of Bhutan's hydropower dominated energy sector.
In addition, the proposed project will strengthen the EA's institutional capacity on solar and wind power project design, financial evaluation, implementation, operation, renewables grid integration, and environment safeguard monitoring. In addition, the project will support an awareness campaign on the benefits of efficient and safe electricity use conducted with project affected people with a special focus on women participation. It will also promote renewable energy by incorporating and implementing a training program into the schools' science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum with special attention to training female students. The following areas will be explored during the project preparation: (i) women's employment during project construction and operation, (ii) supporting students with a special focus on females from educational institutions in STEM curriculum by organizing extracurricular learning and/or special lecture in whole project cycle of the proposed project to foster understanding of non-hydro renewables, and (iii) gender inclusive local community participation to foster understanding of the project by organizing study tours to the project sites.
Meindl, Christoph (Project Officer)
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