The India Hydropower Project

The project is based in the province of Sikkim, found on the southern edge of the Himalayas. Therefore, glaciers in mountains and strong rain seasons provide a consistent and reliable flow of water through the area. The project utilizes this source by installing a run-of-river hydropower plant along the river Teesta, which uses
3 turbines, each with an installed capacity of 170MW. The total capacity is 510MW and, assuming energy generation at 90% and reliability of 95%, annual energy production amounts to 2600 GWh. This energy will be fed to the NEWNE grid, displacing energy that has been generated through burning fossil fuels.

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Key Facts

Singtam, East Sikkim District, India
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Project standard:
Project start date:
March 2008

Total emission reductions:
2,000,000t CO2 p.a.

Sustainable Development – The Sustainable Development Goals

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project you’ll contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

Good health and well-being: According to the WHO, 4 out of the top 5 causes of death in India are related to air pollution. Respiratory diseases are responsible for 13% of all deaths among children under 5. Much of this air pollution stems from trying to meet energy demands with fossil fuels. By replacing these fuels with clean renewables, air quality and health will improve.

Affordable and clean energy: Though initially expensive, hydropower can quickly pay itself off and then become a very cheap source of energy. With zero C02 emissions, the source is also a lot cleaner than fossil fuels. Savings in health and fuel costs will make a huge economic difference to India.

Decent work and economic growth: The construction, maintenance and operation of the project will generate jobs for locals nearby. Improved access roads will also indirectly generate further income to the surrounding area.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure: The project makes use of what would otherwise be a wasted source, making it an innovative solution to rising energy demand. Furthermore, the project will lead to improved transport links and improved transmission lines, which are also more efficient

Reduced inequalities: By being based in a rural area, the project brings development to an area that is often left behind whilst the rest of India progresses. The area largely relies economically on agriculture but the project will bring alternative business and employment options for locals, allowing them to develop themselves.

Life on land: By displacing some of the power generated by fossil fuels, India can move to cleaner sources, improving the local air quality. Furthermore, finding more domestic sources that can be adapted to suit local areas, reduces the need to transport fossil fuels to far-away locations. This will also reduce pollution and slow down the process of climate change.