India Run-of-River Hydro Power Projects

Two run-of-river hydro plants will generate clean power for the regional grid


India has ambitious plans for energy growth, including aims to generate 57% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2027. The country’s clean energy sector is expanding, as it acts to reduce reliance on coal-fired power stations. While capacity for renewable energy production in India, aided by technological advancements, is increasing, significant capital from domestic and overseas private sectors will be required in order to reach its targets. InfraCo Asia’s role supporting development in India’s renewable energy sector will help to establish a world class approach to the execution and implementation of hydro power projects.

The Project

Implementation of the Keyi and Pareng Hydro Power Projects will support social and economic development by strengthening electricity supply in North-Eastern India. The small run-of-river hydro plants will generate clean power for delivery to the regional grid. These projects fall under the Renewable Energy incentives under India’s Small Hydro Power Policy. Both projects have been planned as a run-of-river plant and have been selected on the basis that there are no submergence issues and affects no other projects or catchments. The projects are easily accessible, have the support of the local population and have no major environmental issues. In addition, they have remarkably favourable geological conditions for the region and are relatively simple projects with no unusual features. Both projects are close to transmission heads but lines need to be laid down.

Project Overview
DD Hydro Power & Developers Private Limited Virtuaal Pareng Hydro Private Limited
State of Arunachal Pradesh
Power (Hydro)
23.0MW 14.5MW
MOA for PPA signed Loan sanction in progress Under Active Development
  • Project approved in 2016
  • Financial Close expected in 1H 2020
Total Project Cost
$36M $26M
Funding Committed
$6M as a Co-Developer
IAI Investment
Other Shareholder(s)
Virtuaal Infrapower Pte Ltd
  • Australia: Entura Hydro Tasmania
  • UK: Mott Macdonald (Detailed Project Report)
  • India: G.S. Geo Environs
Development Impact
  • ~ 140,000 people with improved access to power
  • Short term jobs during construction and long term jobs
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