This project aims to restore and upgrade one of these micro hydro plants (the Adugao micro hydro power plant) as a demonstration project and to develop a plan to restore the other MHPs in the region.
Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT), Inc.
Several micro hydro plants (18) have been installed in the province of Abra in the Philippines since 1995. They were built by indigenous communities in the Cordillera Administrative Region and have been managed by the communities for over 10 years. The project has had positive impacts and has improved the quality of life of the local population by alleviating the burden on women and children of rice pounding and other crop processing, by improving crop production (through irrigation) and by providing better lighting for educational purposes.
However, the MHPs are now suffering from technical, organisational and financial difficulties. The technical problems are due to the decay of the earth canals, cheap generators and the lack of regulatory controls. Operator problems have also affected the performance reliability of the MHPs.
The specific objectives of the project are:
The project should be implemented within 12 months.