Run-of-River Hydro, Uttarakhand, India

Vishnuprayag Hydro-electric Project (VHEP) by Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd. (JPVL)

VCS 173 Global Location
VCS 173 Global Location

Project Number

VCS 173


Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

Technology Type

Run of River Hydro-electricity (400 MW)

Project Location

Alaknanda River, near Joshimath, Chamoli district, Uttaranchal (now Uttarakhand), India

Project Description

This run-of-river hydro-electricity project has no storage dam upstream nor downstream and consists of 4 x 100 MW Pelton turbines

The project consists of a diversion barrage across the Alaknanda River, 11.3 km head race tunnel, underground power station and a 1.9 km tail race tunnel and outfall

As the project does not have any storage facilities, power generation throughout the year depends on current stream flows

The project supplies around 3,850,000 MWh annually to the INDIAN Power Grid, which has an emissions intensity of 0.9450 tCO2/MWh

Pelton wheel is one of the types of run of river hydro
The Pelton wheel is one of the technologies used in run of river hydro projects

Sustainability Beyond Carbon

VCS 173 Surrounding Area
VCS 173 Surrounding Area

The project generates employment opportunities during the construction and operation phases

It has led to regional infrastructure development (e.g. roads)

It helps reduce the region’s electricity demand and supply gap, helping improve the reliability and quality of the electricity.  This improved power supply helps support business opportunities

The project is a clean technology investment in the region, which would not have taken place in the absence of carbon finance

Its electricity displaces grid electricity generated by mainly fossil fuel-based power plants and reduces the exploitation and depletion of non-renewable energy resources.  Generating electricity using renewable energy, it reduces GHG emissions as well as SOx, NOx and particulates associated with the conventional thermal power generation

The project’s operation promotes hydro-electricity based power generation and encourages other similar projects

As a part of continual improvement process, feedback from the associated stakeholders is vital and as such, a publicly accessible register has been placed at the project site.  Stakeholder meetings are organized on regular intervals in order to identify the major challenges around the area

Project Design, Monitoring, Validation and Verification Reports

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