ADB and the Government of Bhutan are working together to export clean energy while supporting social services and providing electricity to the poor. The Second Green Power Development Project is building a run-of-the-river hydropower plant in central Bhutan through a partnership with several private companies. Clean power generated by the plant will be sold to India and will help reduce carbon emissions. The clean energy from Bhutan will allow India to eliminate around 460,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year that it would otherwise have generated through fossil fuels. The revenue generated from exporting power to India will be used to finance social services in Bhutan such as health, education and rural development. The planned 118-megawatt plant will be located on the Nikachhu River in a narrow valley in the central Trongsa District.
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