The Pamir Hydro Plant harnesses Tajikistan’s natural water resources to provide clean, reliable energy to some 254,000 people, avoiding the need for costly, polluting diesel generators. The project is leveraging carbon finance to add two 7MW turbines to its run-of-river hydroelectric power station, which further contributes 94,000 MWh into the grid.

This project is protecting local forests, cutting carbon and re-invigorating the local economy. For the first time in 15 years, the region’s homes, schools, government administrative buildings and businesses have uninterrupted power. Previously, diesel generators often failed in winter. Output has increased to the extent that energy is now exported to 3,500 homes and businesses in neighbouring Afghanistan, with more exports planned in the future. The project is saving 50,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, and employing nearly 900 people.

It is impossible to imagine surgery without electricity. Until recently, in remote areas of Afghanistan, doctors could not imagine working with equipment that was only available in Kabul. Simple operations were impossible. Many, many people, especially children, died. Today we can diagnose with confidence and carry out effective treatment.
Dr Hojifaiz, Bashor Medical Centre

Delivering towards the Global Goals

No poverty

Families now have access to clean, affordable electricity.

Good health and well-being

Local clinics can provide reliable and more extensive healthcare services.

Quality education

Students can study for longer and schools can stay open throughout the winter. Reliable access to the internet also aids learning.

Affordable and clean energy

Hydropower has replaced high emission diesel generators.

Decent work and economic growth

889 people are employed at the hydroelectric plant, and local businesses and bazaars are able to increase their opening hours by 20%, providing a further boost to economic growth.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

254,000 people now have access to a reliable electricity grid, while electricity is now being exported to a further 28,500 people in Afghanistan.

Climate action

50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions are reduced each year.

Life on land

Less demand for fuel wood reduces pressure on local forests.