Hydropower, China

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Typical countryside in South-Western China

Project name
Grouped Hydropower Plants
Project location
Chongqing, Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou Provinces
Funder and supplier
South Pole Group
Standard
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Social Carbon
Project status
Operational
Portfolio
2017

UN Sustainable Development Goals supported

About the project

The Grouped Hydropower Plants in Chongqing, Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces, P.R.China consists of a network of 95, small run-of-river hydropower stations in less-developed rural areas of south-western China.

Combined, since their commissioning, the projects reduced over 4.6 million tons of CO2 or almost 600 thousand tons of CO2 per year.

How does the project contribute to carbon reduction?

The project activity achieves greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions by displacing electricity from fossil fuel based power plants connected to the grid.

Combined, since their commissioning, the projects reduced over 4.6 million tons of CO2 or almost 600 thousand tons of CO2 per year.

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The hydro power means that communities now have electricity 24hrs a day

Who is behind the project

The individual projects are developed by different project owners, some of which are members of the local communities where the projects are located.


Community based activities are developed in coordination with local NGOs such as Yunnan International and the Jane Goodall Institute China, Roots & Shoots Program.

The additional carbon revenue has financed a number of community based activities such as agricultural training program, a public library, eco education programs for children and hydropower station safety training. Over 1000 people have directly benefited from these activities.

Key benefits

  • Combined, since their commissioning the projects reduced over 4.6 million tons of CO2 or almost 600 thousand tons of CO2 per year;
  • The grouped approach enabled small scale hydropower projects to have access carbon finance;
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    Left: Micro hydropower station. Centre: Hydropower generator. Right: The project is benefitting families all over South-Western China

  • Hundreds of new jobs generated during construction and operations;
  • Improves quality and reliability of access to electricity in rural communities;
  • Improves community infrastructure such as access roads and in some cases better access to water for irrigation;
  • The additional carbon revenue has financed a number of community based activities such as agricultural training program, a public library, eco education programs for children and hydropower station safety training. Over 1000 people have directly benefited from these activities.

Learn more about the project

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Watch how a micro hydro-electric generation project works.

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