The panel focused on Accelerating Financially Viable Hydro Mini-Grids: A Closer Look at Small-Scale Hydropower in S/SE Asia, including case presentations from Nepal and Myanmar, and a multi-stakeholder panel discussion, with the most senior experts of the sector!
Part 1: Nepal Case Study, Barpak Micro Hydro Project, presented by Mr. Bir Bahadur Ghale, founder of Hydro Energy Concern Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Ghale has been a pioneer of enterprise-based micro hydro development in Nepal.
Part 2: Myanmar Case Study, Mae Muk Waterfall Micro Hydro Project, presented by Ms. Dipti Vaghela, Network Facilitator and Manager of the Hydro Empowerment Network. The project is an example of Myanmar's self-financed, locally manufactured, indigenous micro hydro projects.
Part 3: Panel of Experts, moderated by HPNET Board of Advisors member, Dr. Binu Parthan of Sustainable Energy Associates (SEA). Panelists included Mr. Bikash Pandey of Winrock International, Mr. Kapila Subasinghe of DFCC Bank Sri Lanka, Senator Adrian Banie Lasimbang of Malaysia, Ms. Tri Mumpuni of IBEKA, Ms. Rana Ghoneim of UNIDO, and Mr. Gerhard Fischer of the the ASEAN Hydropower Competence Centre -- each with decades of micro hydro experience! Speaker bios can be found here.
Thank you to IRENA, the panelists, and the HPNET Secretariat for making the side-event possible!