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Mike commented on Joyabaj Micro Hydroelectric Project

Thanks Kate for the comments.

Yes, I think you have the just of the project.
The project will provide a more reliable energy source than the grid, but the grid is not bad.
We are projecting a 10% reduction in energy costs to the 100,000 people who will use the power. This may not sound like much, but to them it is a "bid deal".

We would anticipate 10 construction jobs in the first year and two full time eqivelent positions for the 25 year life of the project.

Our schedule is:
Year 1 - construction
Year 2 - while the plant is operational, work with the staff to provide training
Year 3 - The Municipality would like to invite the other 384 municipalities to a workshop. They believe that there are similar situations around the country that would benefit from seeing the plant operating.
Year 4&5 - Although outside the grant, EWB-USA is committed to the municipality to provide continued training and support as needed.

Our website is
The Engineering Service Corp (ESC) is a Department within EWB-USA and can be accessed at

Let me know if you have other comments and if I should update the submittal.