About the Program

Peru is an extremely diverse and vibrant country where widely dispersed rural regions have little to no stable electricity grid coverage. As an emerging country with a growing demand for electricity, access to modern and sustainable energy services is essential for addressing future energy challenges and to reduce rural poverty by contributing to the region’s long term socio-economic development.

The PoA supports the development of new small-scale, national-grid connected run-of-river power projects to provide underserved communities with clean and reliable electricity as well as a variety of additional socio-economic benefits. Thus, it acts as a platform to overcome investment barriers and institutional hurdles for project developers. While generating clean electricity, the aim of the project is to apply high social standards, generate concrete employment opportunities, and support the local communities in improving infrastructure as well as educating the local population on sustainable energy consumption, climate change and biodiversity.

Amid abundant renewable resources available in Peru, the predominant energy sources remain to be of fossil origin. Hydro power is a local renewable energy resource, using technology that has a long life cycle, is most adaptable to local conditions and can be entirely operated and managed by the communities themselves. With a maximum of 15 MW installed capacity and by the adherence to strict international and national environmental requirements and regulations, the small-scale hydro power systems have minimal environmental impacts.


Program Facts

Project type Run-of-river hydro power
Location Peru
Carbon standard CDM
CDM project ID 6198
Registration date 28/06/2012
Number of included plants 4
Annual CO2-eq reduction 95,000 tons

Sustainable Development Goals

While working towards the transition to a low-carbon future and taking action against climate change, the Tunki Small-Scale Hydro Power Program actively contributes toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each of the 17 goals has specific targets seeking to protect the planet, end poverty, reduce inequality and ensure prosperity for all.


good health

Emission reduction of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen monoxide (NO). Studies prove a significant correlation between high concentrations of SO2 or NO and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

renewable electricity

Generation and distribution of clean energy to rural, underdeveloped regions, increases the total share of renewable energy within national energy mix and secures local energy supply.

economic growth

Creation of full-time jobs in rural regions for men and women. Improvements in living standards and income security, development of technical skills as well as higher levels of economic productivity through technological upgrading and innovation. 

climate action

Annual reduction of 95,000 tons CO2-eq. The reduction is in line with Peru‘s ratification of the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol and NDCs, submitted in accordance with the Paris Agreement.


Transfer of revenue share to Peru and support of environmentally sound technology development, since Carbonbay, as project partner, is responsible for the distribution of the generated carbon credits.