Finance and preparation
Investors and developers face a diversity of challenges when preparing a hydropower project, while governments want to ensure that it aligns with national priorities and adheres to good practice in sustainability.
When preparing a project, hydropower companies must consider the location (e.g. hydrology), regulatory environment, financing arrangements and the local infrastructure in which they will operate.
Preparation facility model
A significant barrier to private sector investment in hydropower is the financial risk associated with rigorous and complex planning and assessments, with no certainty for investors that a project will be given permission to proceed.
We are promoting a new hydropower project preparation facility model, which could help investors, developers and governments get new projects off the ground, by ensuring that each one is selected according to recognised sustainability criteria and national and regional development needs. Read more.
An innovative new investment instrument, green bonds are fixed income loans for the finance and refinance of projects and assets that help address environmental and climate risks.
We are working with partners to agree recognised eligibility criteria for green bonds to fund hydropower projects. Read more.
Latest associated content
The 2015 World Hydropower Congress is being hosted in Beijing, China on 19–21 May 2015. To attend, you will need to obtain a visa to travel to China – this five-step guide explains how.Type:Blog postDate:20 April 2015
The Shisanling pumped-storage hydropower station, set close to China’s iconic Ming tombs, combines history with modern technological achievement.Type:Blog postDate:24 March 2015
The International Hydropower Association is working with UNESCO and IEA-Hydro to build a better understanding of hydropower's greenhouse gas footprint and role in mitigation.Type:Blog postDate:27 February 2015
Benedito Braga is the president of the World Water Council (WWC). In this video interview, he spoke with us about the water and energy nexus, and hydropower’s role in it.Type:Blog postDate:27 February 2015
Occupying the greatest land mass in south-east Asia, Myanmar is among the world’s biggest untapped territories for hydropower, with only 2.6 GW of its more than 100 GW potential having been developed.Type:Blog postDate:12 January 2015