Badyar Hydropower in India

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Located in Uttarakhand, a remote, mountainous state in North India the Badyar 4.9MW Small Hydro project has a total installed capacity of 4.90 MW to generate clean energy using the energy of the flowing stream. The project generates about 25.62 GWh of gross power annually and avoids approximately 19,301 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per annum.


This diagram shows the HALO for Badyar Hydropower. The HALO demonstrates our assessment of the project's impac sustainable livelihoods (H), air quality (A), biodiversity & land quality (L) and ocean quality (O). 

We select a portfolio of projects that demonstrate holistic climate action across the HALO. 



1. Provides clean electricity and employment.

2. Addresses a broad range of the SDGs.


1. Small-scale is a low footprint energy source.


1. A renewable source of energy.

2, No air pollution compared to fossil fuel alternatives.


This project does not have a direct impact on the oceans, check out these other projects that do: Eden, Plastic Bank.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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This diagram demonstrates how Badyar Hydro performs across different Sustainable Development Goals. 


Why we like it

  • We like this project on account of the small-scale profile of the hydropower facility and its rural location.

  • In rural Uttarkhand access to electricity is often intermittent. A steady source of electricity is a boon to reducing poverty; the project will help address this issue.

  • Small scale hydropower is appropriate for the region as it localises energy production whilst avoiding many of the negative environmental, biodiversity and social impacts of large-scale hydropower.

  • Small scale hydropower is also an excellent alternative to fossil fuel power for the region, providing the carbon accreditation for the project and also improving local air quality.

  • The project scored well on our additionality assessment. Projects like Badyar Hydropower, which generate employment and build critical infrastructure, might not be able to access finance without the support of carbon certificates.

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