Analyzing the Potential of Micro Hydropower
- Leadership Program
International Rivers received a $40,000 Leadership Grant to create a new position for Dipti Vaghela as Energy Solutions Coordinator. In this position, Dipti will integrate with staff in the organization's Energy Solutions and Climate programs to analyze the potential for micro hydropower as an alternative to large dams to address the energy needs of local, rural communities. Dipti brings expertise in micro hydropower after years in India bringing small scale, renewable energy to rural communities in the state of Odisha. She will help International Rivers' staff to promote the idea of small-scale renewable energy as a way not only to address energy needs, but to create systems that are resilient to the increasing effects of climate change. During the first year of her new position, Dipti will conduct research demonstrating the potential for micro hydropower in communities in the Himalayas that will be dramatically affected by plans for mega dam projects on the Ganges River. She will share the results of her research with NGO partner groups, Indian government officials, dam financiers, and the media. Dipti will also share her expertise on small-scale renewable energy with International Rivers staff throughout the world and with partner groups to increase their ability to protect river ecosystems and the human communities that depend upon them.