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China: Guangrun Hydropower Project
(Community Development Carbon Fund)

UNFCCC Reference No.: 0904

1 Project Documents

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Project Description: The Guangrun hydroelectric power company will construct and operate three small-sized hydropower stations with a total installation capacity of 28 megawatts (MW) in Jianshi County, Hubei Province. Together these stations will supply about 92.66 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable electricity annually, reducing energy imports and increasing exports of electricity to the Hubei Provincial Power Grid. The Guangrun Hydropower project will help displace power generated by coal-fired thermal power plants in the wet season, and combined cycle and gas units in dry season.

The objectives of the project are fourfold: renewable power generation, water supply security for 70,000 people in Jianshi County, flood control capacity, and tourism development. It will also help reduce poverty in the county by creating employment opportunities for about 1,500 local residents. The total emission reduction of the project will be 530,826 tCO2e during the first 7 year crediting period of which the CDCF would purchase about 485,000 CERs.

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Beneficiary Community Profile/ Context: In 2002, Jianshi Country was listed as one of the 492 poorest counties in China. More than 95 percent of its total population of 52,000 lives in the rural mountainous areas with no access to electricity. Many of the rural households depend on battery-operated lighting, which is costly to maintain due to charging fees. Historically, hydro resources development has relied on the county electricity company, which lacks financial resources and has experience with only mini hydro project development. Until 2003, the hydro plants under its management had only a capacity of 43 MW, with the largest hydro with a capacity of 2 MW. This project will supply renewable energy at an affordable cost to the rural poor.

Community Benefits:  To date the project has successfully implemented some of the activities identified in the CBP plan below.
 

Table: CBP Activity Summary

Deliverables Description Location Benefit Time
Improve condition of infrastructure of communities A local road, water tank, and transport project will benefit 11,042 residents in project-affected areas. Villages: Dangyangba, Shanmu, Qishuya, Hongtuping, Chayuangou Longmenzi, Jigongling, Qilping, Tianjiatping Project Construction Period
Promote the development of medical care and education of communities An elementary school will be renovated and village clinics will be built to provide training on pandemic disease prevention, targeting 14,007 local residents. Villages: Dangyangba, Shanmu, Qishuya, Hongtuping, Chayuangou Longmenzi, Jigongling, Qilping, Tianjiatping Project Construction Period
Build up productive skills of community residents Training to increase agriculture productivity and pig farming will be provided for 3,000 community residents in project-affected areas. Villages: Dangyangba, Shanmu, Qishuya, Hongtuping, Chayuangou Longmenzi, Jigongling, Qilping, Tianjiatping Project Construction Period
Provide short-term employment opportunities for residents Some 120 community residents will be hired for project construction. Villages: Dangyangba, Shanmu, Qishuya, Hongtuping, Chayuangou Longmenzi, Jigongling, Qilping, Tianjiatping Project Construction Period
Expedite development of tourism and catering services Tourism services will be provided by 2,173 community residents based on the reservoir created by the project. Villages: Dangyangba, Jigongling, Hongtuping, Chayuangou Long-term
Expedite the exploration and development of the cultures of local ethnic groups Funding will be provided for an ethnic culture museum and annual culture festivals for the 509,000 residents of Jianshi County and the minority residents.
All people in Jianshi county
 
Long-term

 



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