Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund in collaboration with Agha Khan Rural Support Program and German Development Bank (KfW) has successfully installed 306 KW hydro power plant in Gazeen, Chitral. Federal Minister for Energy, Omar Ayub Khan along with Wolfgang Mollers, Country Director Pakistan, KfW and CEO Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Qazi Azmat Isa inaugurated the power project in Gazeen.
The Hydropower Plant installed will benefit 335 households and impact five villages namely Gazen, Dubargar, Unawich, Skermud and Kurkun.
PPAF’s recently commissioned four Hydro Power plants with an aggregate power production of around 800 KW will provide access to energy to 1500 households in six districts of KP, and more than 20,000 people will now have 24/7 access to off-grid environment friendly electricity.
So far through PPAF’s renewable energy project, 68 solar energy and 66 hydro power projects have been completed in rural areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, these include Chitral, Buner, Upper Dir, Swabi, Laki Marwat and Karak. The Hydro Power projects are implemented in Gazeen, Astore, Upper Dir and Chitral. The districts have been selected on the basis of their, Human Development Index, poverty ranking, and the potential for energy demand and renewable energy resources.