Hydropower, China

Project name Grouped Hydropower Plants
Project location Chongqing, Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou Provinces
Project type Renewable Energy (Run-of-River Hydro)
Standard Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Social Carbon
Project status Operational
Portfolio Current

About the project

The Grouped Hydropower Plants in Chongqing, Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces, P.R.China consists of 75 small run-of-river hydropower stations in less-developed rural areas of south-western China.

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, the projects reduce over 500 thousand tons of CO2 per year.

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.

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Key benefits

  • Carbon reduction of over 500 thousand tons of CO2e per year;
  • The grouped approach enabled small scale hydropower projects to have access carbon finance;
  • 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 540 people have directly benefited from these activities.

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