Work has commenced on the first phase of a 400 MW hydroelectric power cascade in Georgia, a representative from utility Tata Power Company said this week.
A ground breaking ceremony that included Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and representatives from partners Clean Energy Invest AS and IFC InfraVentures officially marked the beginning of construction on the 185-MW Shuakhevi plant -- one of four in the cascade.
"We are delighted with the commencement of the first phase," Tata Power managing director Anil Sardana said.
The utility has said it ultimately hopes to produce about a quarter of its energy via renewable sources.
Shuakhevi is located on the Adjaristskali River in Georgia's Adjara region. The cascade project will eventually include the 150 MW Koromkheti, 65 MW Khertvisi and 10 MW Skhalta.