|Description||Micro-hydro power is water-sourced electric power with capacity of less than 100kw from
generators that are placed in a small stream. The power of the stream is harnessed by installing a
water wheel that, when turned, feeds a power generator. |
Micro-hydro power generation is a clean, sustainable energy source that consumes no natural resources, produces no emissions and creates zero waste. It can provide electricity on a modest scale.
|What is the issue?||Many communities in the HoB are currently not connected to the national grid and get their
electricity from generators which run on fossil fuels. The fuel has to be bought and transported
from the cities.
Their access to energy could be improved through micro-hydro initiatives. Due to its modest scale, the problems encountered with big dams, such as loss of biological diversity and habitats, disruption of migration routes, and a host of social problems such as involuntary relocation and loss of livelihoods are avoided.
Big dams, however, can provide energy beyond the local needs and provides industries with ‘GHG-free’ energy.
Micro-hydro initiatives therefore cannot substitute for big dams to meet industrial demand, but can be useful in supplying electricity to entire villages.
|Who is the seller?||To date there is no trade in electricity generated from the micro-hydro stations in the HoB. Based
on village meetings, electricity is distributed to each household and public facilities (e.g. hospital,
government’s offices, etc.). Each household is requested to make a modest financial contribution
for cable network maintenance, engine maintenance, etc.|
|Who is the buyer?||Thus far, there has been no trade in electricity, but there are some potential buyers (i.e. local
businesses, government, etc.).|
successful business model
|What can Banks/investors do?||Channel green and clean energy funding into appropriate green energy initiatives.|
|What can the private sector do?|
|What can the Government do?||National: