Dachaoshan hydropower
station in Yunnan
Kunming, China — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 21 December 2010 – China’s Yunnan Province plans to invest US$121 million (R822 million) over the next five years to construct 136 small-scale hydro plants in the province.

This was reported here by the Yunnan branch of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). 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% of Yunnan’s total installed power capacity.

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