Enhancing Decentralised Renewable Energy in the Hindukush and Himalaya Regions

24 – 25 November 2021 |Virtual

Cost-competitive decentralised renewable energy solutions, with their modularity and adaptability, provide a unique opportunity to reconcile energy, socio-economic development and climate objectives in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) region. To this end, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have been collaborating over the years to assess selected economic value chains in the HKH region from an energy perspective, to identify the gaps and potential actions for advancing renewable energy solutions, as well as to understand the techno-economic feasibility of these solutions. One of key priority identified through past assessments is to strengthen the capacity of value chain actors and enterprises to evaluate investment opportunities in RE, prepare bankable project proposals, and access available financing products.

In this context, IRENA and ICIMOD have jointly organised a Workshop to build the capacity of HKH region in renewable energy finance and business plan development, to demonstrate the market opportunity to entrepreneurs and technology provides, and share best practices across countries.

Target Audience:

Correspondingly, the workshop gathered key stakeholders working in the region, most importantly Renewable Energy & Social Enterprises, and Renewable Energy technology providers. In addition, the Workshop extended the invitation to relevant stakeholders, including relevant government nodal agencies in the HKH region, regional/national/local stakeholders representing different value chains, development Partners & financial institutions, NGOs and philanthropic organisations.


  • catalyse accessible financing for end-users and enterprises by strengthening their capacity to assess investment opportunities in decentralised renewable energy solutions and to prepare bankable project proposals to access funding;
  • support innovation and adaptation processes in the food sector, by increasing awareness of energy use, gap and opportunities across the selected value chains;
  • supporting the development of a conducive ecosystem for local and regional technology suppliers for experimentation and innovation, including through platforms for experience and knowledge-sharing.

Closed event (by invitation only)