Hydroelectric project in rural Bolivia

  • 7. Affordable Clean Energy
  • 9. Infrastructure
  • 13. Climate Action

This micro-scale hydropower project in the rural area of Kami, Bolivia, is delivering clean and renewable electricity to the Bolivian national grid. The incomes generated from selling this renewable energy are used for social and educational activities, helping to support local sustainable development in an area struggling to overcome poverty and unemployment. Moreover, the project contributes to climate change mitigation through the displacement of more traditional fossil fuel-based energy sources. 

This project has been developed by Servicios de Desarrollo de Bolivia SDB S.A (the Bolivian social enterprise focused on social and human development in the country), with the support from COOPI Foundation and Carbonsink. The total new installation capacity achieved by the project is foreseen to be 4 MW. 

Project impacts and benefits:

  • SDG 13: The use of hydro power for electricity generation reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with electricity production compared to the conventional generation mix in Bolivia. The reduction of GHG emissions will contribute to the mitigation of climate change.
  • SDG 7: By producing hydroelectricity the project will increase the share of renewable energy in the Bolivian national grid. Moreover, the project provides job opportunities during construction and operational phases which positively contributes to the regional economy.
  • SDG 9: The transportation infrastructure has been improved during the project construction phase, supporting local communities. Moreover, the hydroelectric generation units contribute to the development and maintenance of the rural distribution grid.

For more information about this project, please contact: info@carbonsink.it>>

“I like the idea of the project which is to produce clean electricity with hydropower. The project is very important, it benefits the local communities living in two departments – in Cochabamba and in La Paz. ”
Andrès Poma Ticona, Local Farmer