An estimated potential of about 15,000 MW of small hydropower exists in India. Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India has created a database of potential sites of small hydro based on information from various states and on studies conducted by Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

4,044 potential sites with an aggregate capacity of 10,477 MW for projects up to 25 MW capacity have been identified.  In the state of Andhra Pradesh, about 489 potential sites with aggregate capacity of 552 MW of small hydro power, have been identified which are being developed by various state government and private entities.