is unique as it is made up of 95 small individual power plants which use the
flow of rivers to generate clean electricity. The hydropower plants are spread
across four provinces, in some of the most disadvantaged and least developed
areas of China. 67 of them are located
in Chongqing Municipality, 9 in Yunnan Province, 13 in Sichuan Province and 6
in Guizhou Province. Many of the projects are located in remote mountain
regions, isolated from the rest of China.
are all small-scale, ranging in size from 0.1 to 10 MW capacity. They all use a
‘run-of-river’ design, which means they are able to utilise the power of the
rivers with no significant environmental or social impacts. The plants supply renewable
electricity to the Southern and Central China Power Grids, which are heavily
reliant on power from burning coal. This project helps meet China’s growing
demand for power with clean, renewable energy.
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