The implementation of micro hydro projects in remote villages on the border of Indonesia and Malaysia: Lessons learnt

S. Murni, T.P. Urmee, J. Whale, J.K. Davis, David Harries

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Abstract

Implementing micro-hydro system (MHS) in a remote or rural location in an off-gridarea is a complicated process. Technical, social, economic andorganisationalissues need to be considered as well as the policy environment in which they are implemented. An understanding of the demand for electricity, of the benefits and impactsthat they can potentially have, as well as the roles of all stakeholders in the different stages of the MHS project, are also required. This paper presents the findings of a survey of stakeholders involved with two MHS projects in the highlands of Borneo. The survey results confirm that in order to ensure project success, particular attention needs to be paid to key critical factors. The performance and reliability of the MHSs were found to be strongly influenced by the role of the local micro-hydro management committee, and the relationship between the committee and the other members of the local community. The more successful schemes tended to be associated to more proactive committees that clearly informed the villagers about the issues of MHS and its sustainability. Other factors that were found to have an influence on project success were village cultural (which was related to the size villages) and the national energy policy framework in which the programs are planned and implemented. © 2014 Asian Institute of Technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 International Conference and Utility Exhibition on Green Energy for Sustainable Development
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages1-8
VolumeN/A
ISBN (Print)9781479926275
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 International Conference & Utility Exhibition on Green Energy for Sustainable Development (ICUE) - Thailand, Pattaya, Thailand
Duration: 19 Mar 201421 Mar 2014
Conference number: 106047

Conference

Conference2014 International Conference & Utility Exhibition on Green Energy for Sustainable Development (ICUE)
Abbreviated titleICUE
CountryThailand
CityPattaya
Period19/03/1421/03/14

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    Murni, S., Urmee, T. P., Whale, J., Davis, J. K., & Harries, D. (2014). The implementation of micro hydro projects in remote villages on the border of Indonesia and Malaysia: Lessons learnt. In Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference and Utility Exhibition on Green Energy for Sustainable Development (Vol. N/A, pp. 1-8). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.