In early 2000s SRSP, based on learning from local and regional experiences, initiated two micro hydro projects in union council Koh and Ayun, District Chitral. These MHPs, using locally manufactured technology, produced 80KW clean and renewable energy to benefit at least 1,000 rural poor. Initiation of these two proto-type MHPs as a ‘starting step’ was indeed a ‘giant leap’ in future.
Being a learning organization, SRSP, in following years, through available resources improved technical and technological aspects to enhance efficiency of these MHPs. SRSP, as of today, is the largest non government organization proactive in promoting and supporting renewable, clean, and sustainable energy (table 01). With an overall production capacity of 10.5 MW, these mentioned 175 micro hydro projects, as of January 2015, have been benefiting approximately 300,000 popualtion in rural areas of Malakand Division and Northern Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In recent years Renewable Energy has become one of SRSP largest portfolios. It has build over 257 Microhydro units in the mountainous region of SRSP, supplying off-grid communities with cheap, environmental friendly and uninterrupted power supply. So far 27 Megawatt electricity is generated and is supporting over a population of 500,000 people. These projects have played an important role in improving health facilities, studying and have generated economic growth, witnessed by the rise of enterprises, hotel industry and flour mills and a multitude of new business startups.They have also led to reduction in Fossil Fuel usage and relieving pressure on precious forest areas.br>
SRSP contribution in renewable energy has not only been acknowledged by Donor agencies, but also by leading International organizations like ASHDEN which awarded its most prestigious award to to SRSP in 2015. SRSP Microhydro initiatives have also been inducted into GNESD Energy Access Knowledge Base