Since 2016, Matebe helps to kickstart the local green economy and avoids the use of polluting and costly fossil fuel generators, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Park area.
Matebe is part of a wider investment plan called the Virunga Alliance aiming to provide energy access to 4 million people in and around the Virunga National Park. In addition to the 30,000 beneficiaries, 350 SMEs and Public Services benefit from this project.
Small run-of-river hydro are environmentally friendly as they are technically less demanding in terms of construction (no reservoir). They also help stabilize the grid, and can be developed off-grid to serve remote rural communities.
Born out of the Congolese commitment to protect the Virunga National Park and the five million people who live within a day’s walk of the Park’s borders, the Virunga Alliance aims to foster peace and prosperity through the responsible economic development of natural resources.
The Virunga Alliance is working to tackle energy poverty by harnessing the enormous hydrological resources of the Park to create sustainable electricity for local communities and businesses.
Virunga intends to produce up to 100 MW by 2040.