Hydropower can provide safe and reliable ‘mains type’ electricity in rural areas of developing countries where grid power does not exist. With careful load management, many houses can be successfully connected even to a small generator. In countries where kerosene lanterns are used lighting, these can be replaced with modern, energy-efficient lamps. Mini distribution systems enable communities to operate independently from the grid, taking ownership of their natural resources and reducing dependency on fossil fuels and batteries.
We work with UK and target country partners to implement catalyst projects and capacity building programs in regions where untapped potential for pico hydro exists.
Watch a short film about community hydro projects in Kenya: