Run-of-river hydropower is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of energy production. Coal/gas/nuclear/etc... burn fuels to produce electricity, polluting the atmosphere and leaving behind dangerous by-products. Even traditional hydropower requires a large dam and floods large areas of land. Run-of-river hydropower burns no fuel and floods no valleys, it directs water straight from a river into a canal or pipe, and then uses that water to spin a turbine to produce electricity, then returning water to the river. Environmental impact is lessened by leaving 10% of the river flowing to reduce harm to local species. Much of the land used by Amahoro Energy for hydropower was previously used for farming, which displaces local species and can lead to pollution of local water by fertilizers. Amahoro Energy also plans to turn much of the land purchased for its hydropower projects into parks for the enrichment and enjoyment of the local population.
Electricity is a life changing resource, so Amahoro Energy is in the business of changing lives. Amahoro Energy aims to provide power to a country bursting at the seams and thirsty for electricity. Amahoro Energy not only provides citizens with energy, but also with jobs, at it permanently employs around 30 Rwandese, and temporarily employs hundreds during the construction phases of its projects.