Three small Peru plants win carbon credit approval

The United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agency has approved sale of carbon emissions reduction credits from a cascade of three small hydroelectric plants on the Santa Rosa irrigation system on Peru’s Huara River.

The Executive Board of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change issued a registration November 1 for the 4.1-MW Santa Rosa project, including three power plants, 1.1-MW Santa Rosa 1, 1.5-MW Santa Rosa 2, and 1.5-MW Santa Rosa 3, on the existing irrigation system in Lima Department.

The plants are expected to displace 96,999 tons of carbon dioxide in the first seven-year crediting period. The CDM agency certified 10,420 in carbon emission reductions (CER) by the project.

Project sponsors include Electrica Santa Rosa SAC of Peru and the Community Development Carbon Fund, which is managed by the World Bank.

In addition to generating 30.1 gigawatt-hours of reliable power annually and offsetting carbon emissions, the project contributes to sustainable development by employing local labor, cleaning water for irrigation, sharing CER revenue with the town of La Merced, and providing free electricity to a neighboring orphanage.

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