The Hydropower Project

Madagascar has an exceptionally rich flora and fauna. The island’s natural treasures include the extensive primeval forests that have covered a large part of the island for thousands of years. Today, however, Madagascar’s forests are under long-term threat due to logging for export, slash-and-burn to clear agricultural land and, above all, the felling of trees for charcoal production. There is a great demand for coal as a comparatively cheap and readily available fuel because large parts of the island are still not electrified.
As Madagascar’s first privately operated run-of-river power plant, the Sahanivotry hydroelectric power plant is an important lighthouse project for the sustainable conversion and expansion of the island’s electricity supply.
At the power plant, three turbines convert the power of the Ampamehana River in East of Madagascar into clean energy. With a generation capacity of around 16.5 MW, the plant supplies around 90 GWh of electricity annually. By displacing electricity from fossil fuels, which is otherwise generated conventionally, this protection project relieves the atmosphere by around 40,000 t CO2 per year.

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Key Facts

Sahanivotry, Madagaskar
Project type:
Renewable Energy: Hydro
Project standard:
Verified Carbon Standard
Project start date:
August 2010

Total emissions reductions:
40.000t 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:

Affordable and clean energy: The project improves the regional energy supply in Madagascar by the construction of new power plants. This facilitates access to electricity especially for people in rural areas and helps to reduce Madagascar‘s dependence on imported fossil fuels.

Decent work and economic growth: The project creates new jobs during the construction and operation periods. About 150 local people were employed during the construction stage. In the operational stage the project creates job opportunities for about 20 people.

Life on land: By displacing electricity from fossil fuel-based power plants and diminishing the need to burn charcoal, the project improves local air quality by reducing air pollutants associated with the combustion of fossil fuels, such as sulphur dioxide, soot, nitrogen oxides and particulates.