Green Power Development Project: Bringing Benefits to Bhutan and Beyond

An award-winning project in Bhutan that sought 100% rural electrification and revenue from energy exports using clean energy from hydropower resources.


Bhutan is one of a few countries in Asia with large, unexploited hydropower resources. Despite surplus power, many rural households lack access to electricity in the early to mid-2000s.  Increasing demand for electricity may reduce the power surplus, potentially decreasing energy exports, which are a primary source of revenue.

In 2008, the government sought assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and together they embarked on the Green Power Development Project. The project  aimed to help Bhutan promote twin development goals:  achieve 100% rural electrification and export 10,000 megawatts of hydropower to India by 2020.

This case study is one of several energy projects featured in an ADB publication, Knowledge and Power: Lessons from ADB Energy Projects.

Project information

Project snapshot

  • October 2008: Loan Approval Date
  • February 2015: Project Completion Date
  • $119 million: Loan Amount
  • $26.3 million: Grant Amount
  • Others
    • Kingdom of Bhutan: Borrower
  • Executing agency
    • Department of Hydropower and Power Systems
    • Ministry of Economic Affair
    • Druk Green Power Corporation

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Meet the expert

  • Kaoru Ogino    
    Principal Energy Specialist, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

    Kaoru Ogino has been responsible for the energy sector development and operations in South Asia, and worked for several hydropower projects in Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Ogino has over 20 years experience and expertise in the energy sector that includes gas, oil, and renewable energy.

   Bhutan, Energy
   Last updated: May 2016



The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.

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