Democratic Republic of the Congo

A nun built a hydroelectric plant that's providing free power to a town in Africa. Here’s how

A dam releasing water.

The Democratic Republic of Congo's run-down hydroelectric system causes daily blackouts. Image: Unsplash/ Dan Meyers

Djaffar Al Katanty
Writer, Reuters
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Congolese nun and electrical engineer Alfonsine Ciza attends to the general circuit breaker at her micro hydropower plant
Sister Alphonsine Ciza runs and maintains the micro-hydroelectric power plant. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
Congolese nun and electrical engineer Alfonsine Ciza is seen at the main valve that stops water in the canal at her micro hydropower plant
Water used in the power plant comes from a nearby reservoir. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
Congolese nun and electrical engineer Alfonsine Ciza turns the wheel of the mechanical regulator of the turbine at her micro hydropower plant
The micro-hydroelectric power plant took $297,000 to build. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
Congolese nun and electrical engineer Alfonsine Ciza controls the filter level of the water basin of the canal at her micro hydropower plant
A team of nuns and engineers work around the clock to maintain the power plant. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
Congolese nun and electrical engineer Alfonsine Ciza turns the wheel of the mechanical regulator of the turbine at her micro hydropower plant
The plant generates between 0.05 and 0.1 MW of energy. Image: REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti
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