Hydropower is used to generate electricity worldwide, yet oftentimes the source of that energy (lakes, rivers, and streams) remains untapped.
The Bethel community in Lesotho is an example of a Sub-Saharan village left in the dark. Current options for decentralized electrification include diesel generation sets, photovoltaic (PV) panels, biogas plants, small-scale wind generators, and micro hydro plants. Generally in southern Africa, PV
and diesel generation sets are the only technologies used significantly. In comparison, our micro-hydro system will offer a cheaper, environmentally sustainable, and longer-lasting option for a small village.
This report (pdf) is worth studying by any one interested in micro hydro power.
GREENEX2010 will feature hydro power and other alternative energy solutions.