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HYDROTEC Renewables Inc. of Germany is interested in building mini and micro-hydro projects in Leyte province to supply electricity to remote parts of the province and help create jobs in the typhoon-devastated area.

“Our German and Filipino engineers are currently checking several potential sites for mini and micro-hydros in Leyte, like the Baybay and Ormoc area,” Hydrotec director Hannes Mueller said in a statement.

Micro-hydro is a type of hydroelectric power that produces up to 100 kW of electricity using the natural flow of water, while mini-hydros have a capacity of 101 kW to 10 megawatts.

Mueller said to spur job creation, the company would outsource labor from Leyte as well as the operation and maintenance of the projects.

He said Hydrotec’s micro hydros of up to 50 kW could be constructed within two to four months, while mini hydros of up to 10 MW could be completed within six to eight months.

Mueller said for the installation of micro hydros with up to 50 kilowatts, the company was in discussion for support and grants from the European Commission and the German government.

“This will especially help to produce electricity in un-electrified areas, but as well in electrified regions,” he said.

Meanwhile, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, German corporations and private citizens from Germany responded to the call for donations to help in rehabilitation of areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda. Alena Mae S. Flores

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