Located on the Satluj River between Karcham and Wangtoo in Kinnaur District, the project constitutes a run-of-river hydropower plant. It will use the natural flow of Satluj to generate electricity with a total installed capacity of 1000 MW which will be exported to the Northern Regional Grid. The project contributes to a cleaner energy supply in a region dominated by coal-fired plants.

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Key Facts

Kinnaur District, India
Project type:
Renewable Energy: Hydropower
Project standard:
Project start date:
November 2008

Total emission reductions:
3,541,000t 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: Air pollution is a big problem in India. The country has 11 out of 20 of the world‘s most polluted cities. Reducing dependency on fossil fuels will ease this problem. In addition, the project will invest in public health care by constructing a hospital.

Affordable and clean energy: Hydropower is an emission-free source of energy. By producing hydroelectricity, the project will increase the share of renewable energy India. It will also bridge the mismatch between energy demand and supply.

Decent work and economic growth: The project will provide jobs for the locals during the construction and operation phases which contributes to economic wellbeing in the region. The project also facilitates new business opportunities in consultancy, supply and manufacturing.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure:The project will install high-efficiency turbines and generators to ensure low losses during transmission, which will boost innovation and activities of small businesses. Secondly, the project will improve infrastructures such as roads and bridges. It will also build an industrial training institute.

Climate action:
Hydropower reduces the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) and contributes to the mitigation of global warming. The project avoids 3,541,000t CO2 per year.

Life on land:
The hydropower plant reduces air pollution by displacing electricity from coal-fired power plants.