Yunnan to build 136 small hydropower plants over next five years

China’s Yunnan Province plans to invest RMB 8 billion (about US$121 million) over the next five years to construct 136 small-scale hydro plants, the Yunnan branch of the National Development and Reform Commission (Yunnan NDRC) reported.

With its vast water resources, the province had a total installed hydropower capacity of 24.23 million kilowatts as of the end of last year, according to Yunnan NDRC statistics.

The commission noted that hydroelectric power currently accounts for more than 66 percent of Yunnan’s total installed power capacity.

Earlier in 2010, China Hydroelectric Corporation completed the previously announced acquisition of 100 percent of the Minrui small hydroelectric projects totaling 55.5 MW of installed capacity in Yunnan Province.

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