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The Panjshayr River in the village of Daste Riwat is channeled through a 2.5-meter-wide 1.7 kilometer long canal and through the use of a micro-hydropower plant installed back in January 2009. Because transformers are not required, the villagers are able to run 400 volts three-phase and send it straight to the villagers where it becomes 220 on a single-phase line. The installation of the unit was part of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract awarded in late 2006 to Remote HydroLight and Advanced Engineering Associates International to construct 105 units in seven of 34 Afghan provinces. Photo by Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor


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Taken on May 21, 2011