Project's aim

This exchange activity aims to nurture knowledge exchange between multi-actors for grid-connected micro hydro technology across the region of South and Southeast Asia and to enable members of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) to operate renewable energy technologies apart from the national grid.

Location

Sri Lanka

Exchange: Practice-to-Policy Exchange for Grid-Connected Micro Hydro Power in South/Southeast Asia

Local and national governments often see off-grid, small-scale, decentralised renewable energy projects simply as short-term solutions prior to electrification. Ultimately, governments prioritise the extension of the national grid to remote areas and provide greater levels of investment for that purpose. Consequently, the significant financial investments (and efforts) made by local, national, and international stakeholders to implement decentralised projects are, unfortunately, wasted as the national grid forces these systems to be abandoned. It costs more for users to sustain these projects than to connect to a heavily subsidised national grid – despite the fact that more pollution and inequalities are created by the national grid than by decentralised renewable energy solutions.

The specific objectives of the exchange activity were:

  • To facilitate regional exposure to lessons learned from grid-connected micro hydro projects, especially its benefits for micro hydro technology and central grid sustainability, and challenges/solutions for implementation
  • To provide tangible exposure to technical, policy-related and institutional aspects of Sri Lanka's progress on grid-connected micro hydro technology
  • To initiate a context-specific, multi-actor, action-oriented policy dialogue for progressing grid-connected micro hydro technology in HPNET member countries

The exchange event already took place in January 2016 and was completed successfully. More detailed information can be retrieved from HPNET website.

This is a video which has been produced as part of the activities: