In 2006, NRECA International implemented the Electrification for Agricultural Productivity Project funded through a USDA Food for Progress program. This project included construction of more than 400 km of distribution line, reconstruction of a large substation, and connection of more than 8,500 consumers to electric service.
The project successfully improved a poor distribution network which caused frequent power outages and maintenance issues that resulted in long restoration periods. In addition, area coffee mills and rice processing plants that relied on costly and unpredictable diesel generators are now connected to the national grid, which provides them with low cost and reliable electric service. In addition to the rural electrification program, the project also included an assessment of the potential for feasible investment in hydropower projects at 90 sites throughout the country.
- United States Department of Agriculture