Potential for 84 MW in Small Hydro Power Plants

In El Salvador, a study stated the feasibility of generating 84.8 MW of effective power through 67 small hydroelectric power plants.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The research was conducted by the Executive Commission of the Lempa River (known as Cel) together with local university UCA, and shows the potential for renewable energy generation, specially applicable to rural electrification projects.

It is reported that such projects, of less than 5 MW each, could be funded with private investment, loans from the Central American Economic Integration Bank and another sources.

Leopoldo Dimas, Senior Analyst at the Salvadoran Foundation for Social Studies (known as Fusades), spoke about these projects, arguing that "we'll have to wait until the end of the crisis to develop them, but we must not lose sight of them. Investors interested in developing this projects can also apply for the Carbon Credits scheme of the Kyoto Protocol, as a means of financing".

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The government of Guatemala has promised to support power projects promoted by cooperatives in rural areas.

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Generating electricity by exploiting the potential of the rivers in Guatemala has a promising present and future.

The latest tenders to be put out for the supply of electricity in Guatemala, demonstrate the interest of local and foreign investors in participating in a good business proposition.

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