Guidelines on promoting development of small hydropower projects in China

Source: International Energy Agency
Last updated: 17 May 2021

China recognises small hydropower installations as an important renewable energy source and a livelihood element. In order to implement Central Committee’s and State Council’s decisions on promotion of renewable energy development and energy revolution, the Ministry of Water Resources adopted “Guidelines on promoting development of small hydropower projects”.

The document outlines plan for the development of small hydropower installations until 2030 with a respect to environmental protection, based on technology improvements and best practices of plant construction, operation and management.

The document establishes objectives to:

Targeted year



  • create standards of small hydropower management;
  • system of incentives promoting small hydropower installations;
  • create number of small hydropower demonstration projects;


  • develop and grow small hydropower industry.

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