Green Empowerment

Green Empowerment provides villages with clean water, electricity from renewable energy and sustainable solutions.
Jan 16, 2012

Proof of Concept

River Turbine in Colombia
River Turbine in Colombia

Included are photos of a new installation of a river turbine in Colombia, similar to the proposed project (#7514)-- proof of concept. With your help, we can power more villages! Photos were sent by Jesús Gómez, from a partner of ours-- APROTEC Tecnología Apropiada in Sucarsal-Villavicencio, Colombia. We've been partnered with APROTEC since 2008, and collaborate regularly with them on biogas projects. For more information on APROTEC, please see their website,

Lights On!
Lights On!
Nov 22, 2011

Micro-Hydro Project Now Operational!

The micro-hydro project in Datalnay is now operational. SIBAT is now monitoring the performance of the micro-hydro system and assisting with the development of local enterprises.

Here is an update from SIBAT's final project completion report:

The 11 kW MHP system is now in place lighting the street towards the community plaza. The school has been provided likewise with lighting, the staff house and training center. The community policy is to use power for the grain mill at the moment with household lighting as secondary. Household connections for lighting will then be considered at a later stage as additional materials/funds are needed for transmission and distribution to households.Community-based policies and project management systems and procedures are in place for the use and management of the MHP/Grain Mill. The multifunctional agri-mill in Datalnay is targeted to operate for 8 hours daily for an estimated 10 months in a year, with an estimated milling capacity of 150 kg per hour. Mill operation will be scheduled as daytime load so as not to coincide with the expected peak domestic load during nighttime.

Alongside the installation of the MHP powered agri-mill project, capability building and hands-on trainings were conducted to equip the community with technical, management and entrepreneurial skills. Local community operators of the MHP-mill system have been trained for its management, operation and maintenance.The formation of a community project management committee is now primarily tasked to formulate and enforce the maintenance, operation and management policies. The income generated will provide for corn mill maintenance & operational expenses and as development fund for the community.

Oct 7, 2011

The AIDFI Ram Pump: Game-Changer-For-Good

Submitted by in-country partner AIDFI
Submitted by in-country partner AIDFI

This is an exciting time for AIDFI and Green Empowerment in the Philippines. We don’t use ‘game changing technology’ unless we really mean it-- but that’s exactly what the ram pump is! And now, AIDFI’s hard work over 15 years and 180+ installations serving 50,000+ in 10 countries is finally receiving the attention it deserves. Your donations are simultaneously improving the health of some of the most remote communities in the world, while increasing awareness of the ram pump. If you have already donated to this project, please tell your friends. If you haven’t yet donated to this project, look no further.

Recent developments include:

  • 8 feasibility studies for new ram pump installations on the island of Leyte have been completed (opportunity to provide improved access to potable water to an additional 3,000 people).
  • AIDFI wins the Ramon Magsaysay Award, considered the Nobel Prize of Asia. Watch AIDFI Director Auke Idzenga’s acceptance speech:
  • AIDFI completes a ram pump technology transfer to Aprotec Colombia, including a 3 week training of two Aprotec engineers at AIDFI Technopark in the Philippines, and a ram pump installation in Colombia.
  • AIDFI has established 3 regional installation teams within the Philippines
  • Green Empowerment and AIDFI have forged a new partnership with Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation to identify ways to integrate access to potable water via ram pumps, forest conservation, and biodiversity protection in 3 highly threatened forest regions of Negros Island, Philippines. Negros Island only has 4% of forest cover remaining. It is also home to one of the highest concentrations of endemic species, many of which are critically endangered including the Visayan Warthog, Visayan Hornbill, and Visayan Spotted Dear.
  • If you’re a donor or prospective donor that lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, join us at Luminalt on October 14, 2011 for a Green Empowerment presentation on the ram pump and activities in the Philippines:

Individual donations of any amount play a critical role since ram pumps are one of the lowest-cost renewable energy technologies for improving access to potable water. Your donation goes a VERY LONG way. literally. In Sitio Anangue (a village near Northern Negros National Park), ram pumps deliver water to a village of 400 people, with some villagers located more than 3km away, at an elevation 60+ meters higher than the source. With no fuel input and only 2 moving parts, the AIDFI ram pump is a game-changer-for-good. 


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