Member Profile: AKRSP’s Trailblazing Micro Hydro Efforts in Pakistan

At the United Nations SE4ALL Forum in May 2015 there was much good discussion on mini-grids. Anytime the mini-grid technology was specified, it was assumed to be solar PV. However, there are other — unsung but proven mini-grid technologies that have long provided electricity — such as micro hydropower, biomass gassifiers, and small-scale wind. Needless to say, during the four-day event attended by 2000 persons and a multitude of speakers, we were ecstatic to hear at least one member of a high-level panel highlight micro hydropower! The panelist was from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), working across 30 countries on an array of sustainable development projects.

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