Micro and pico-hydro plants are a renewable, non-polluting way of harnessing energy from falling water, such as steep mountain rivers. Small scale run of the river systems can generate power for homes, hospitals, schools and workshops.
We support small-scale hydro schemes that generate up to 5MW of power. They convert the energy of flowing water into electricity, provides poor communities in rural areas with an affordable, easy to maintain and long-term solution to their energy needs.
In many countries the national electricity grids are underserved and small hydro power can make a sustainable contribution to solve this power shortage and help the economic development of the country
We are supporting the development of private-led micro and pico-hydro systems in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Hydro Power in a Rwandan Hospital
In northern Rwanda, a former hospital doctor has been instrumental in setting up a hydro-electricity company. Tired of seeing the hospital’s limited budget being spent on diesel and realising the nearby river could provide hydro-power, he joined with others to found Amahoro Energy.
The company has constructed a small generating facility to supply electricity to the national grid, which has recently been extended into the area and will reach the hospital within the year.
GVEP is assisting Amahoro Energy with a second, bigger project by providing cash and in-kind support during the development phase, including financing for the feasibility study and helping secure other sources of capital funding. This is one of several similar projects we are supporting in Rwanda.