and as a result a good deal of
attention has been focused
on the development of small
hydropower capacity, deemed
projects with a nameplate
output of 25 MW or less.
Authorities report that
there is signifcant potential
for hydropower development
on this scale. Figures from
the responsible agency, the
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), estimate
the potential for power generation in the country from
such plants at over 15 GW.
Recognizing that small
hydropower projects can
play a critical role in improving the overall energy scenario of
the country and in particular for remote and inaccessible areas,
the Ministry aims to harness at least half of the potential in the
country over the next decade to bring the installed capacity of
small hydro to about 7 GW by the end of 12th Plan in 2017. In
August 2012, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr.
Farooq Abdullah, said that during the 11th Plan, a capacity of
1,419 MW of small hydro was added compared to 536 MW dur-
ing the 10th Plan.
Ganges river in the Himalayas mountains in Uttarakhand, India via Shutterstock.