Small Hydropower Projects for Rural Electrification in Nigeria: A Developer’s Perspective
Anyaka Boniface Onyemaechi1, Imaeka Charles I2
1Anyaka Boniface Onyemaechi, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State Nigeria.
2Imeaka I Charles, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State Nigeria.
Manuscript received on 12 October 2013 | Revised Manuscript received on 20 October 2013 | Manuscript Published on 30 October 2013 | PP: 29-35 | Volume-3 Issue-5, October 2013 | Retrieval Number: E1234103513/13©BEIESP
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Abstract: Power generation in developing nations is a vital index for the socio-economic development of these countries. Renewable and sustainable options for electric power generation have become attractive to many nations. This paper addresses power generation for rural applications by means of small hydropower plants. A flowchart is developed for use by Power utilities and Independent Power Producers that are interested in small hydropower generation. Recommendations and possible cost reductions for small hydropower projects for interested developers are also highlighted.
Keywords: Small Hydro, Renewable Energy, Rural Electrification, Project Financing, Flowchart.
Scope of the Article: Small Batch Manufacturing