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1st August 2017

Hydro plant to deliver first power connections to Tanzanian villages

Pioneering private sector and local community development partnership agreed

A 2.5MW run-of-river hydropower plant and mini-grid is set to bring power to villages in rural Tanzania for the first time.

Located at Lingatunda falls in the Ruvuma region, Lilondi hydro will generate renewable power for more than 2,000 households and small businesses according to initial estimates.

PIDG company InfraCo Africa will provide US$400,000 to support the project’s ground-breaking development partnership, in which private sector partner Virunga Power will work with Ruvuma Electricity, a community-owned power company.

InfraCo Africa chair Brian Count said: “InfraCo Africa is increasingly seeing the need to develop mini-grid power to reach remote families and businesses; Lilondi and its pioneering partnership with local communities will provide us with a model that we can replicate across our portfolio.”

Lilondi will demonstrate the viability of community partnership hydropower and mini-grid projects in south west Tanzania, setting a new standard which can be replicated.

Once operational, Lilondi could not only stimulate local economic development by providing much-needed power, but also mobilise private sector investment in similar initiatives.

Construction is intended to commence in 2018 and will be fully operational in 2020. 

 

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