A mini hydropower plant to be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will soon rise here to boost the power stocks of Isabela. The National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MRIIS) said the project will have its groundbreaking rites today. The groundbreaking ceremony will coincide with the start of the town’s rice harvest season and is expected to be graced by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Japan Embassy representatives as well as JICA and local officials. “The project is a run-of-river-type of power generation and when fully completed could generate at least 230,000 kilowatts of electricity per year,” said Melissa Agbisit, NIA-MRIIS information officer. Agbisit said the NIA and the Department of Energy will spearhead the construction of the project.