Small Hydropower in China

The Huóshuĭ Small Hydropower harnesses the power of rivers of China's mountainous areas to generate electricity for its remote communities.

The Huóshuĭ Small Hydropower in China Provides Clean Energy for China’s Remote Mountain Communities

The powerful rivers of China’s mountainous areas can be harnessed to generate electricity for its remote communities and the wider region, but hydroelectric power plants require substantial investment to set up. Prior to the project, local communities experienced poor living conditions. At a time when 80 percent of China’s energy demands were met by coal-fired power stations, these communities had unreliable access to electricity and there was little regional investment. Carbon offsets created by this scheme are certified by Verified Carbon Standard and Social Carbon.

Sustainable Development Goals

192 Students

involved in educational programs, learning about environmental protection

240 Women

employed by the project, representing about 25% of total workers

740,000 MWh

of renewable energy generated on average annually

179 People

in surrounding villages take part in agricultural training programs

369,000 Tonnes of CO2e

mitigated on average each year

The Solution

Huóshuĭ Small Hydropower consists of 95 small hydropower plants. The small-scale plants range in capacity from 0.1 to 14 MW, and together supply enough renewable energy to power over half a million average Chinese homes each year.
Their run-of-river design allows them to do so with minimal environmental impact. The cost of developing hydropower plants in remote locations is a significant barrier to construction, so this project would not be possible without the revenue generated by carbon credits.

The Impact

Huóshuĭ Small Hydropower helps diversify Chinas energy sector and provides local employment opportunities in power plant construction and operation, helping to alleviate regional poverty. The project activities also fund social initiatives in cooperation with local organisations, including disaster relief funds and educational programs, such as those aimed at improving the lives of children whose parents have migrated to the cities for work.
Sustainable agricultural workshops create increased income opportunities for local farmers, while the reliable electricity supplied by the project gives remote communities better access to electrical appliances that ameliorate their daily life.
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