Description of the Project:
Objective: The main objective of the assignment is to stimulate increased implementation of mini hydropower projects for rural electrification. The specific objective is to improve the capacity of local MHP service providers and developers and the Department of Rural Development (DRD) in identifying, preparing and implementing MHP projects to a satisfactory quality standard.
Services provided by Skat: This assignment comprises two main areas of intervention. Firstly, assisting private project developers in producing feasibility studies that can be submitted for funding consideration under the NEP Call for Proposal (CfP) mini-grid facility and alternative funding sources (minimum of 6 feasibility studies). Secondly, providing capacity building to both private developers and DRD representatives in the field of micro / mini hydropower technology adoption and project implementation.
- Selection of private developers’ project sites for initial site surveys
- Site identification surveys of selected locations and final site selection
- Support project developers in elaborating feasibility studies
- Conduct micro-hydropower technical training courses for private developers:
Results: The number of MHP projects implemented both under the NEP off-grid component and via other programs and initiatives is increased and developers and administration have strengthened their capacity.