Indonesia-GTZ Mini-Hydropower Schemes for Sustainable Economic Development

From Open Energy Information

GTZ worked with Indonesia on this project with the following objective: "Energy supplies generated by mini-hydropower to selected rural areas in Sulawesi, Java and Sumatra are improved. Local economic cycles triggered by this are able to generate additional income to cover the costs of the mini-hydropower station"

Results Achieved

"More than 85 percent of the electromechanical equipment is already produced locally as a result of technical training provided in respect of adapted mini-hydropower solutions. This has resulted in the creation of employment opportunities and a cost reduction of about 40 percent compared to imported equipment. Exports to eight countries in Asia, Africa and Europe evidence the quality and competitiveness of Indonesian mini-hydropower equipment. In Indonesia, more than 100 installations of 7-250 kW use the standard design introduced by the project, supplying some 20,000 households, small-scale entrepreneurs and public utilities with clean energy. Compared to diesel generators, these mini-hydropower plants bring a reduction in CO² emissions of more than 4,000 tonnes per year.

The project also advised on the formulation and exemplary implementation of a law regulating the feeding of energy into the public grid. The law guarantees the hydropower plant operators remuneration, based on electricity production costs in the national power system for energy fed into the public grid. The segment of the small-scale hydropower market that is linked with the public power supply system can thus soon be expected to become self-sustaining."

Further information can be accessed at the project website.


  1.  "Mini-Hydropower Schemes for Sustainable Economic Development"