The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership inaugurated its Cochico Micro-Hydro project in the Argentina Patagonia on May 8th. Led by Duke Energy, the project will benefit the about 160 residents of the remote village of Cochico, providing them with sustainable electric service.
Before 2010, electricity for residential use in Cochico was nonexistent until the introduction of a diesel generator that operated sporadically for no more than 6 hours a day. With the new hydropower plant, Cochico residents’ will see their quality of life substantially improve with a cleaner more dependable energy source.
The inaugurated 65 kW run-off river micro-hydropower plant was designed and built on the Alhueco Creek, taking advantage of this natural resource benefit unique to the Coyuco valley where Cochico is located.
The Cochico Micro-hydro project is one of the two projects being led by Duke Energy for GSEP in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The replication potential of both projects is high and EPEN is committed to reinvest the generated fuel savings of this project and the second – a wind-diesel hybrid system in Chorriaca – in similar renewable energy projects throughout the Province of NeuqueÌn.