The Coc Dam Small Hydro Project is a three-unit hydropower plant, located in the Lao Cai province in northern Vietnam. The project’s total installed capacity is 7.5 MW and it produces approximately 32,000 MWh of renewable electricity per year. The electricity is supplied to the national grid via a Power Purchase Agreement with the Electricity Corporation of Vietnam (EVN).

Greenhouse gas emission reductions are achieved through the use of renewable hydropower to generate electricity, which otherwise would have been generated by fossil-fuel power plants. The project also has local environmental and socio-economic benefits.

The cost of building the plant was substantial. The additional revenue from the sale of carbon credits provided the necessary incentive to justify this investment. Without the carbon revenue the project would not have gone ahead.

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