Kagadi Woman lights up villages with small water dams

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Less than 10 percent of the households and schools across Rwenzori region lack power because the area is not connected to the national grid.

Less than 10 percent of the households and schools across Rwenzori region lack power because the region is not connected to the national grid. Extending power to the region is expensive because of the mountainous terrain.
 
 
25-year-old Godliver Businge has resorted to building small hydro electricity dams to power homes in Kagadi. Dressed in her blue overall with a heavy helmet, Businge tells URN that she has put up two Pico Hydro power stations in Kagadi to light up homes.
 
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Businge generates 300 watts of power which is enough to run generators, radio and bulbs in homes. According to Businge, Pico power dam technology is easy to install. She explains that the system works with motors fitted with locally fabricated materials.

 
Businge who personally welds components of the dams says she realized the absence of power was affecting development in remote areas. She says her efforts have paid off especially among communities benefiting from her service.
 
 
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Businge says the technology can be very cheap once communities near water falls accept to contribute money for the materials.

 
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Pico Hydro stations have in the past been promoted by Germany Technical Cooperation (GIZ) to connect rural communities that require small amount of electricity for lighting. The technology though not very expensive has been slow in reaching many parts of the country.

 

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