Small Hydroelectric Plants for adapting to climate change

The project aims to promote the production of electricity using renewable sources, to replace polluting fossil fuels. The micro-hydroelectric power plants will become a development tool for the social and economic capital.

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Beneficiaries (*)

Local partners

PRODENER - Centro Integral de Desarrollo de Energias Alternativas

International partners


Funding agencies

MAE – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Starting date

April 2014

Implementation period

39 months

Bolivia is still one of the poorest countries in South America, with a Human Development Index and a GDP per capita that are kept low. The poverty rate is higher in rural areas where is occurring scarce employment opportunities, lacking in added value on peasant production, as well as the problematic nature regarding energy sources. In these areas, unlike the urban areas, only 55% of the territory is guaranteed access to energy. Of course the data adversely affects the quality of life. The Bolivian National Energy System (System Interconectado Nacional - SIN), given the high costs, is not extended to the most remote areas of the region. The project arises from requests for access to electricity by rural communities far from the SIN and the action is in line with the government priorities. The action aims to contribute to improving the quality of life and access to environmentally sustainable electricity, to avoid gas carbon emissions and to mitigate climate change, constructing and employing small Hydroelectric Plants as instruments (MIC) with social and economic purposes. The action is implemented through a community approach of self-management and an approach to promoting in the beneficiary communities a sustainable electrical service from the environmental, financial, organizational and institutional viewpoints.

The general objective is improving the quality of life and the access to electricity from renewable resource, for rural communities in Bolivia.

The specific objective is to foster the community management model of micro-hydro power plants for 990 households in rural areas in La Paz,  Cochabamba and Chuquisaca Department. 

  • Realization of the components of the MCI systems;
  • Raising awareness on rational use of energy;
  • Constitution, organization and legalization of 10 Committees Local Electrification (CEL);
  • Training for 10 CEL operators on system maintenance, training for 10 CEL members on the management and administration of the system and training for 10 targeted communities on the use of energy production;
  • Editing of dossier for training courses, elaborated according to community’s needs;
  • Activation of a course of MCI projects for the technical staff of the Vice-Ministry of Energy;
  • Internship for University San Andres students;
  • 3 radio campaigns raising awareness of renewable energy;
  • Identification of 4 new MCI projects;
  • Participation to the Latin American Meeting on MCI experiences;
  • Implementation of 9 feasibility studies about projects that contemplate the production of renewable energy by MCI;
  • Dissemination of good practice in Bolivia and Europe.


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