Matebe will produce more than 13.6 MW, supplying 600,000 people with clean, accessible and affordable electricity, kickstarting the green economy and bringing over 12,000 sustainable employments for those in and around the region of Rutshuru. Matebe avoids the use of heavy, polluting, fossil fuel generators thus saving an estimated 50,000 tonnes CO2 per year.
Matebe hydro plant is part of a wider investment plan, called the Virunga Alliance, initiated by the Virunga Foundation to provide access to energy to four million people who live and work in and around the Virunga National Park. Virunga is the oldest African national park and the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area. The Park is classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site.