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Hydro Power, China
The project is located in the Tongren City area of Guizhou Province near the UNESCO listed Mt Fanjingshan National offset Nature Reserve Project Update Hydro Power, China Renewable energy project for Songtao County, Tongren City in Guizhou Province, China. The 9.8 MW capacity hydro project implemented, nearby rural villages is located on the Daliang River, were relying on forest wood burning Project Objectives: near the town of Daxing, Songtao which resulted in damaging County, Tongren City, Guizhou greenhouse gases being released. • Design, engineering, Province of China. procurement, construction, As a result of the project, clean and Tongren Region is a mountainous reliable power is now available to operation and maintenance of area with a population of Tongren City and new, non-rural 9.8MW of renewable hydro approximately 3,800,000 and a jobs have been created. electric power large proportion of the population being ethnic minorities which make Creating non-rural employment and • Support local community up over 50%. The area is known for generating renewable energy are through 10 new jobs in the its tobacco and agricultural produce key priorities of China’s national renewable energy sector as well as the Mt Fanjingshan energy policy and Western National Nature Reserve which lies Development Strategy. • Increase renewable energy at the border of Songtao, Jianghou generation capacity and Yinjiang Counties. • Increase energy availability Previous to the project being Intrepid working with Cleaner Climate Cleaner Climate is an international carbon solutions provider focused on the delivery of pioneering climate change strategies for many of the world’s leading companies and brands, including Intrepid! We work closely with Cleaner Climate to select appropriate offset projects in which to invest through our Carbon Offset Trip initiative. www.cleanerclimate.com The project produces almost 32,000 MW hours of clean renewable Features/Results: electricity each year 1. Emission reductions. The project activity reduces over 188,783 tonnes of CO2e during its lifetime 2. Develop rural economy. By generating additional electrical capacity in rural areas, local villages’ quality of life is improved as the power shortages in Tongren City are alleviated 3. Improve environment. Renewable energy generation such as hydro displaces the use of coal, gas and other fossil fuels and results in less pollution released into the atmosphere Technical Information 2 locally sourced turbines each of Installed Capacity: 9.8 MW 4900 kW capacity are in operation 4. Generate employment. Power Density: 70.8W/m 2 which provided valuable assistance The project installed locally for the Chinese renewable energy sourced turbines and created Rated Head: 56 metres sector by building capacity and temporary jobs during Flow: 10.42m3/sec skills. construction and an additional 10 permanent Reservoir Surface Area: 211,864m2 At 9.8MW capacity the project positions for ongoing activity will generate approximately 32,000 MW hours of renewable operations, monitoring and Cleaner Climate’s small scale electricity to the China Southern maintenance hydro project, generates electricity based on the flow of the river as Power Grid through a long term part of the Daliang River Power Purchase Agreement. 5. Minimise Impact. Development Program. The mini hydro plant Electricity is transferred via a improves electricity An Environmental Impact newly installed 35kV transmission. accessibility and reduces the Assessment was carried out by the prevalence of local villagers Institute of Geology, Chinese Cleaner Climate’s hydro power using firewood Academy of Science and was plant has been developed as a approved by the Environmental Clean Development Mechanism Protection Bureau of Guizhou project and supports the Province in 2007. renewable energy development goals of the Western Development Specialised equipment was Strategy. The total estimated reductions selected during construction to Requirements of project over the project life are 188,783 limit noise and disturbances to additionality are met due to the tonnes of CO2e local communities and once completed, trees and grass were investment barriers attributed to to be replanted to strengthen soil developing small scale hydro and water conservation. projects. . Furthermore, the generation of The project’s Internal Rate of electricity capacity in rural areas Return including carbon financing and the creation of new non-rural is still less than the benchmark jobs are in line with the economic 10% issued by the Ministry of development goals of for China. Water and Resources, but was acceptable to the project operators The Macahoe hydro plant is owned due to the longevity of the project and operated by Macaohe Hydro and its contribution to the local Power Development in Songtao communities. County Ltd.Co.
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