Minister inaugurates bio-gas plant in Budhanilkantha School

November 20, 2008

 The Honourable Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Ganesh Shah inaugurated the Biogas Plant in Budhanilkantha Higher Secondary School. The event was jointly organised by Women’s Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO) and Budhanilkantha Higher Secondary School supported by the UNDP Global Environment Facility(GEF) Small Grants Programme.Around 400-450 kgs of kitchen waste is produced daily in the school where 1200 students and 150 teachers and staff reside. The kitchen consumes 9 LP gas cylinders every day. With the construction of the 50m3 biogas, the school is able to save the cost of one LP Gas cylinder (Rs 1250/day), manage the kitchen waste at source and to produce 5.5Kg of slurry (manure). The total cost of the biogas plant is Rs.370,000 of which 40% (Rs 148,000) has been supported by the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme through WEPCO in the form of a grant. By saving one LP Gas cylinder to cook food i.e. saving Rs.1250 every day will allow the cost of the biogas plant to recover in less than 10 months. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Shah expressed the need to develop such plants in other institutions as well to curtail the energy need and reduce the municipal waste in the country.


16 Responses to “Minister inaugurates bio-gas plant in Budhanilkantha School”

  1. Basanta Says:

    Good effort by BHSS! Lets hope other institutions will follow too.

    Although it seems to be very cheap in long term, initial investment is still big in Nepal’s context. So only institutions (esp. rich ones) can afford such plants. Are there small versions of the plant too which are less expensive and affordable to common households?

  2. NRN-USA Says:

    Well, considering the benefits, the investment is not huge. Any investment whose benefits can be reaped in 10 months is far from a huge investment. Think of Solar-powered gadgets, they are much less efficient if you consider the initial investment. Such plants would be successful if they were done on a large scale, say like few in a village rather than having one per family. Because, waste would not be sufficient to run such plants on such a small scale.
    Budhanilkantha School has been an example and others should follow this.

  3. nepali Says:

    Budhanilkantha School is one of the few institutions that has been able to prosper even in such a national turmoil. Large part of the success owes to its policy of being independent of outside politics. Being at the outskirts of kathmandu, it has able to enjoy a relatively low profile and contiune to grow at a resonalble amount.

    I see the need to establish more of these schools in a decentralized manner. Education system that Budhanilkantha School is very high even in the international level. If Nepal wants a more prosperous future then it should invest in opening more schools such as Budhanilkantha School.

    The ministers of Nepal require the knowledge of basic social studies the chapter -“Infrastructures of Development”. The foremost of the infrastructure required is transportation. Transportation gives the people mobilily. With a good network of transportation people and enjoy a easy trade, tourism which could be the basis to work on other infrastructures of development.

    Now, given the rugged terrain of Nepal(apart of Terai) it is difficult to make roads but how about building rope ways. The manakamana cable car has been very successful model.
    The ropeways do not require petroleum so that gives us a degree of independence from Indian oil. It requires relatively less investment(good for us).

    I believe government should start building a vast network of ropeways across the hilly and himalayan region to connect people and flourish trade.

  4. NRN-USA Says:

    Nepali, I agree with you that Budhanilkantha School is a model that should be adopted in other development regions of Nepal. A rumor that a model of Budhanilkantha School in each of four other development region was being considered and was on the long term plans. It would be a big step ahead, but the rumor seems to have flown away just as the way it came. It is a pity though that despite producing brilliant minds, Budhanilkantha have not been able to make radical contributions. More than half of Budhanilkantha graduates are in the U.S. alone, not counting Europe, Australia and others. Budhanilkantha graduates hold tremendous potential, as they have been brought up in such a way that they can contribute significantly but due to lack of positions and environment conducive to their work and potential, they have decided to stay abroad. This is not to dilute the potential that other equally potential graduates of St. Xaviers and others hold. I wish to see models of Budhanilkantha School at least in every development region.

  5. gshah Says:

    Well not only big and rich schools like Budanilkanth has been adopting the bio-gas but also small and government schools like Nandi Ratri School at Nagpokhari, Naxal has also started a bio-gas plant. The one at the Nandi Ratri school is really an inspiration for all Nepalese how vegetable and other bio wastes can be utilzed for producing fuel..

  6. Rajib AMATYA Says:


    Very few people know about the benifites of this form of renewable energy.
    Schools are not going to come to you, you must go to them.
    Please organise a conference, invite as many school as possible. Provide loan to the schools interested by this project. They can return the loan in a few years.
    This project can take off a little pressure of the lack of LP gas in the valley.

    With regards
    Rajib AMATYA

  7. red Says:

    Dear minister,

    I don’t think “nepali” and “nrn-usa” were using “the adoption of bio-gas” by schools to measure their quality of education. And let’s also not forget that schools should be inspirational for the quality of education that they provide, and not for bio-gas plants!

  8. Koji Says:

    FYI – WEPCO is planning an awareness campaign this year to around 50 schools in the Kathmandu valley (subject to them having kitchen). Let’s hope it receives the little funding required to implement the programme and we can get moving implementing this wherever possible.

    You are quite correct that the size of the investment is less important than the ROI time. Especially as micro-credit institutions are nw in tune with lending for biogas projects.

    Best wishes and thanks for blogging this.


  9. Edward Says:

    It is nice to hear such a little debate over use of biogas in school. Here in Rwanda, just the other day our education minister ordered all schools by midyear to have converted to biogas instead of use of firewood.This a good idea, but I fear thru rash decisions and scum project experts a lot of schools may lose substantial sums of money.

  10. lochan shrestha Says:

    I plan to set up biogas plant in nepal like ZORG and UTS. In kathmandu valley 580 tons per day waste disposal collection may produce 5MW electricity and heat as well. I am doing research and development study to cover cost in 1.2 years pay back period. More than 50 ngos and pvt. companies are very much interested to invest capital to set up biogas plant in kathmandu valley and other areas.
    Really, Budhanilkantha school is one example. World bank, ADB, Rastra bank, RMDC, Nirdhan Utthan and Cooperatives should have make a policy to invest money in biogas plant.

  11. koji Says:

    Lochan – can you provide more information about your project?

  12. lochan shrestha Says:

    I have many projects in hand like junbesi small hydro power project 5.2MW and thotane khola 1MW as well. I have already set up cooperative in kathmandu and plan to set up micro-credit bank in kathmandu as a nationalwise with paidup capital 100million rupees to disburse micro-credit loans targeting especially for women promoting micro biogas plant in house servicing door to door.

  13. lochan shrestha Says:

    Many multinational company are interested to invest capital in nepal through joint venture. Nepal is suffering from both politically and economicallyas well. I have vision, mission and committment in order to make new nepal. If you want really support me, I will show you an example. I was in delhi studying chartered accountant for four years and was in geneva, switzerland studying MBA in International Management and I am in nepal since 2001 doing small and thinking big. Globally I know many people, love many people and really want to serve many people.

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