Pamir Hydroelectric Plant in Tajikistan

  • Technology: Renewable Energy
  • Region: Asia

In this region of Tajikistan, civil war left 220,000 people in energy poverty. Diesel generators used to power community infrastructure frequently failed in winter, forcing schools, clinics and small businesses to close. The environment also suffered as people used their forests for wood for cooking and heating, destroying almost two-thirds of the local forest cover. In addition, smoke exposure from cooking on open fires and rudimentary stoves damages health, with women and children most affected.

This two-turbine 14 MW hydroelectric power project generates around 94,000 MWh of clean, reliable energy every year. This project is protecting local forests, cutting carbon and re-invigorating the local economy.

For the first time in 15 years, the region’s homes, clinics, schools, government administrative buildings and businesses have uninterrupted power. Output has increased to the extent that energy is now exported to 3,500 homes and businesses in neighbouring Afghanistan, with more exports planned in the future.

This project gives clients an opportunity to contribute towards the complete overhaul of energy infrastructure, and the every-day improvements felt by local communities who now have the security of a reliable electricity supply.

  • reducing deforestation and costly fossil-fuel dependency
  • homes, businesses and health facilities now have reliable power
  • invigorated the local economy, bringing jobs to the area

Case study

“In the past we worked only with our hands and we could fulfil one order per day. Today we have electric woodworking machines and we can fill three to four orders.”
Gadomamad, Carpentry shop master

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220,000 People now have reliable electricity

824 Well-paying jobs created

What the carbon finance delivers

The Verified Carbon Standard Pamir hydropower project uses carbon finance to maintain and operate the plant, and
to keep the electricity supplied to end users affordable.

Additionally, the carbon finance made it possible for the plant to be built in the first place, as the additional predicted revenue was a key component of the project being commercially viable.

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