This exchange activity aims to contribute to the sustainability of micro hydro plants in Southern and Southeast Asia by increasing the load factors and financial bases through the implementation of proven best practices for productive end uses.
In many cases, micro hydro power projects receive external funding only for their initial implementation. Once commissioned, these projects must sustain themselves financially. Without a strong financial base (through fees paid by the electricity consumers), beneficiaries cannot provide sufficient maintenance or carry out simple repairs which, in turn, often leads to the technical failure of the systems. Furthermore, many micro hydro plants perform inadequately and most of the electricity produced can only be used for household lighting.The specific objectives of the exchange activity are: