Three brothers working in Pakistan’s remote Chitral communities are helping provide green electricity for 45,000 homes. Their micro hydro-electricity projects, 70 to date, include manufacturing and installation, giving Pakistani families clean and reliable power. So far they have helped supply 10 MW of clean greenhouse gas-free power in two years, working closely with the Clean Development Mechanism, a United Nations tool to help mitigate climate change.
The projects are in “far flung areas” says Rahim Diyar (pictured above left), the managing director of Hydrolink.
Rahim is only 23-years-old, and armed with an MBA has enlisted his engineering brother Fazli Rabbi to help realize the dream of creating sustainable power for Pakistan, from within. A third brother Fazli Khaliq is the CEO.
Transforming the lives of women
“Water to Watts” is our working concept, explains Diyar. “This means from water we start collecting data, and through that water we generate electricity which means watts generated for communities.”
Non-profits, local and international, are funding the communities, who call on Hydrolink to fulfil the technology demands. Diyar sees it as an important social entrepreneurship link as he is also making a bridge between academia and economic development, “offering research projects to the students and applying these projects to industry,” he points out.
“Pakistanis as well as foreigners are welcome to invest in this sector. Pakistan is facing electricity hardships today as we all know,” he adds. For those interested in getting involved, consider that 1 KW costs 115,000 PKR or $1,352 USD. One home runs on about 5 KW, meaning a $5,000 investment.
For more details on getting involved in Hydrolink’s green power projects, contact Diyar at Hydrolink: [email protected]