Sichuan Da County Jiujietan Hydropower Project is located upstream of Shiti Town Da County Dazhou City, Sichuan province. The project is a run-of-river hydropower plant which uses hydro potential available in the Ba River to generate electricity.
The installation capacity of the project is 39MW, generating approximately 187.51GWh annually and provides net power of 180.95GWh to the grid per year. The project is connected through the Sichuan Provincial Grid to the Central China Power Grid (CCPG) and substitutes the CCPG’s fossil-fuel-fired power generation to avoid carbon emissions.
The project assists China in stimulating and accelerating the commercialisation of grid-connected renewable energy technologies and markets. It not only supplies renewable electricity to the grid, but also contributes to the domestic sustainable development through the following aspects:
a) Alleviates power shortage in the local area and reduces greenhouse gases and air pollutants from the combustion of fossil fuels;
b) Provides employment especially for local people during construction of the power plant;
c) Promotes local economic development through the sale of electricity and improves the economy in Da County; and
d) Promotes social economic development in areas of remote Southwest China, particularly with regards to rural infrastructure development such as road construction.