India – Hydroelectric Power (Rakchad)

Renewable  Energy, UNFCCC

Overview: Rakchad 5MW Hydroelectric Power Plant, Himachel Pradesh

Rackchad is a small-scale, run-of-river hydroelectric power plant located in the mountainous region of Himachel Pradesh, North India. It produces renewable energy by utilizing hydro resources of the Satluj River and converts the potential energy of the water flow into mechanical energy using hydro turbines. The mechanical energy is converted to electrical energy by alternators, producing 5MW of power that is fed into the national electricity grid.

Climate & Environment

The projects annual emission reductions are estimated to be 22,605 tonnes CO2e per year.

  • Reduces the electricity grid’s heavy reliance on fossil fuel based power generation, contributing to long term climate change benefits.
  • Local pollution is reduced given that hydro power is a zero-emission source.
  • The project does not have associated water storage, thereby limiting the impact on the local environment and communities that can be material with reservoir-based hydro-electric projects.
  • Helps to meet the increasing demand for power.

Social & Economic

The project has a significant beneficial impact on the poor local communities providing significant benefits to agriculture, rural industries and employment in the region:

  • Irrigation to local farmers.
  • Construction of local roads benefiting nearby villagers.
  • Generation of new job opportunities for the local community during the construction and operation phase of the project activity, which indirectly lead to economic benefits for the area.
  • Help in the development of basic amenities leading to an improvement in living standard of the local community.
  • Monetary help to the villages to set up rural industries

Project Verification

The corresponding carbon credits were verified under the UNFCCC’s CDM Methodology by the approved third-party auditor, Det Norske Veritas.

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