The project will cover 165 micro hydro power units under EU-funded PEACE programme with total cost of €40 million
Ambassador of the European Union Mr. Jean-François Cautain has inaugurated two Micro Hydro Power (MHP) units, built under the EU-funded PEACE programme, to tackle energy crisis in Chitral district Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.
The plants will affordable, sustainable and uninterrupted energy to thousands of households, businesses and offices.
The EU has provided €40 million (PKR 4 billion) to cover 165 micro hydro power units and community infrastructure facilities.
The power plants have been built by Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) with the help of local communities under the EU-funded PEACE programme.
These plants will bring affordable, sustainable and uninterrupted energy to thousands of households, local businesses, and government offices and hospitals in #Chitral town and surrounding areas. These households and businesses previously used wood for heating and cooking purposes, thus reducing deforestation and the effects of climate change.
Ambassador Jean-François Cautain said at the occasion, “Pakistan is an energy deficient country as well as very vulnerable to climate change. By working with local communities, SRSP with the financial support of the European Union has set up tens of small scale hydropower units providing stable and sustainable electricity to remote villages.
In Chitral, the EU-funded PEACE project is supplying electricity to two-thirds of the city allowing small businesses to flourish.