Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPeD) is now in the process of developing a centre for mass production of hydroger machines to be manufactured locally. Officers and some expertise who participated on the 2nd North East Agri Expo 2010 demonstrated adoption of process of hydrogers by rural folks which can be attributed to its low cost, light weight, easy to operate/maintain and versatile utility. NEPeD has installed over 200 hydrogers all over Nagaland till Dec 2010.
Realizing the energy demand, NEPeD has sought to provide a renewable source of electricity to meet the basic power needs of people living in villages in Nagaland with a decentralized manner that is environment, empowering and sustainable. NEPeD is now gradually moving from pico (1-2kw) to small micro/mini hydel projects (below 1000KW) based on the successfully tested community model. Steps have been initiated to execute a mini hydel project of capacity 300KW in Yijung river which is one of the most remote areas of Nagaland. NEPeD mission is to set up stand alone micro hydropower project about 1000 villages.
Marking that by 2011, hydrogers will be available off-the-shelf at affordable prices for multiple applications this Development Authority indents to capacitate people in maintaining biodiversity and vital ecosystem services while ensuring equitable access to adequate energy supply. It has also envisaged that it is not only to bringing added value to cash crops through the use of electricity in processing and mechanized farming but also creating both up stream and down streams income generating opportunities.
Clean and Green Energy through NEPeD’s efforts will contribute to mitigating Global Climate change concerns and for sustainable development in the Eastern Himalayan region.