Many people without electricity live in
Low Income Countries (LIC) and Newly Emerging Economies (NEEs)
This is a network of power lines which connect together all the mainland UK power stations.
Remote locations in LICs
Are often too remote to connect to a national electricity grid
Micro hydro power schemes
Local electricity generation using local water sources such as rivers and small scale electrical generators
A charity trying to improve access to electricity in many LICs
Positives of micro hydro
Renewable, indigenous, non-polluting resource, micro-hydro plants can generate power for homes, hospitals, schools and workshops.
Small-scale technology that rural populations can afford and use, such as micro hydro
Up to 96%
Of rural Kenyans live without access to grid electricity
In rural homes
families spend at least a third of their income on kerosene for lighting and diesel for the milling of grain.
Devote a huge amount of time collecting, processing and using wood and dung for cooking - time which could be spent on child care, education or income generation.
Location of a micro hydro scheme in Kenya, NE of Nairobi
Amount of energy produced by Tungu-Kabri project.
Number of homes the Tungu-Kabri project lights, Practical Action estimates that the power the system generates will benefit about 200 households.
carried out by skilled members of that community.
People can then buy the electricity for uses such as setting up businesses such as hairdressers, restaurants and charging batteries.