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Central America Hydropower

What is Carbon Avoidance?

Carbon avoidance is the prevention of future carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere. Carbon avoidance projects include renewable energy, improved forestry and land-use, but also handpump restoration and efficient cookstoves, because they require less wood for communities’ daily cooking and for boiling water. In each, current emissions are reduced by improved alternatives, but existing CO2 is left untouched.

About this Project


Colombia's energy sector faces significant challenges, including reliance on fossil fuels and the need for diversification to ensure a reliable energy supply. Despite efforts, the energy mix still leans heavily on non-renewable sources.This reliance on energy sources which damage the environment also contributes to habitat degradation and loss of biodiversity, impacting local wildlife and plant species.

Project Outcome

By harnessing the natural flow of the Barroso River, this run-of-river plant contributes approximately 132 GWh of clean energy annually to the National Interconnected System. This initiative significantly cuts down CO2 emissions by an average of 48,746 tonnes per year, demonstrating a viable path towards reducing reliance on fossil fuels and advancing Colombia's commitments to renewable energy and climate change mitigation.

Fact File

⚡ 20MW max installed capacity

💨 2 separate run-of-river hydro plants

🏫 Creation of 16 full-time jobs and 50 training courses

Partnership & Certification

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Our Impact to Date

2,888 tonnes CO2e prevented

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SDG Contributions

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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