CEAS - Madagascar III

Pico Hydroelectric Power Plant 30kW – Sarobaratra

Contract: 2017.04
Small Hydropower

Pico Hydroelectric Power Plant 30kW – Sarobaratra

Project Type :

Pilot Project


Technology :

Small Hydropower

Country :



Project Status :


Project Start :

Juli 2017


End of Project :

Planned 2019

Partner :

Centre Ecologique Albert Schweitzer (CEAS) / Albert Schweitzer Ecological Center (ASEC), Neuchâtel,, Daniel Schneider


Swiss Contribution

The Albert Schweitzer Ecological Center (CEAS/ASEC) has been an active NGO in Africa for over 25 years. It works with local partners in agro-processing, sanitation and renewable energy projects. Through competence transfer and reinforcement, the CEAS/ASEC and its technical partners in Switzerland will contribute their expertise to the engineering, design and local manufacturing of turbines, as well as to the study of the new network to be created.


The project addresses the Sarobaratra municipality inhabitants’ specific needs. For the moment, the region’s economic development is in fact disadvantaged by the absence of an electricity network. Based on a preliminary design drawn up by AIDER, the project’s co-promoter, it is clear that the type of pico-hydroelectric power plants (PHP) Banki is required for medium-scale, high-speed water flow rates. This PHP will be manufactured locally, along with local equipment and expertise. It will then be installed, commissioned and rendered operational on a new network to be established for this village. The experience gained from previous projects supported by REPIC (contract no. 2008.08 and contract no. 2012.03) will be even more valuable. At the project’s end, various actions are already planned for scaling-up the project’s impacts and for its sustainability. For example, income-generating activities will be increased, a users’ committee will be established, and a support program for municipal public works management will be set up.