JICA-funded hydropower plant inaugurated

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THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) led the switching-on ceremony of the 45-kilowatt mini-hydro power plant in San Mateo, Isabela. The JICA-funded facility located along Lateral, District 2 of the NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System will benefit 45 households with an individual consumption of 1,000 watts. The first of its kind in the country, the demonstration project was completed last month. The project shows that it is viable to utilize existing irrigation canals even with small water heads for power generation.

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