KAKARA, Nigeria, 13 August 2015 – A small hydro power plant constructed last year in Nigeria’s Taraba State with the help of the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, the International Centre for Small Hydro Power in China, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) was today inaugurated by the Executive Governor of the State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.
The power plant at the Tunga Dam is owned by the Taraba State and managed by the Mambilla Beverages company that produces Highland Tea. It has an operating capacity of 400kW and has been supplying clean electricity to the factory and local communities for about one year now.
Governor Ishaku explained that since the replacement of diesel and wood fuels with renewable hydro power, the tea factory was again making a profit, for the first time in 18 years.
“The hydro power plant has had a positive environmental impact in the area. We’ve seen drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as diesel is not used by the tea factory in generating electricity and wood is no longer used to dry the tea. It has also led to an increase in the number of small-scale enterprises while the tea factory has diversified its production,” he said.
Ishaku solicited further collaboration with UNIDO to upscale the plant and to explore more ways of establishing hydro power plants in other communities of the Taraba State to boost the rural and economic development.