Lutfiniso Aynalishoeva: Small scale hydro-power plant – Tajikistan
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The project aims to Bringing Light and Warmth to Roshorv village in Rushan district: One of the Most Remote Areas in Tajikistan. Construction of a 100KWMini Hydro Power Plant in Roshorv village of Bartang valley, Rushan district, Viloyati Mukhtori Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan. The mission and vision of Pamir Energy is to bring light and warmth to each household of VMKB in Tajikistan. Pamir Energy’s experience with existing cross border transmission lines and small scale hydropower plants has demonstrated that access to electricity has a number of positive socio-economic impacts2, including increased regional economic activity, the development of small-scale commercial enterprises and the promotion of cooperation. It would significantly increase the quality of life in the region, while reducing dependence on diesel and biomass for lighting and cooking. While Pamir Energy provides clean and uninterrupted power supply to 96% of VMKB’s population, there are still 45villages, with a population of 8,975 people, without electricity. This paper outlines plans and the investment required to expand Pamir Energy’s network to one of those villages; Roshorv, located in the Bartang Valley in Rushan district, one the most remote and underserved areas of Tajikistan. The village used to receive limited electricity from a community based mini-hydel in the 1990s; however, this has been out of the operation since 2001 due to outdated equipment and missing critical civil structures. For the past 16 years some 191 households (1,131 people) and various entities in Roshorv village have been living without access to electricity severely limiting opportunities for socio-economic development.