The first water power house was constructed across the river Kaveri at Sivasamudram in Karnataka in the year 1902.
Tata Hydro electric scheme was established in the western ghats of the state, Maharashtra to supply power to the Mumbai city.
Mandi power house in the north was the first to be developed in the Himalayan region.
The next one to be taken up was the Upper Ganga Canal Hydroelectric Grid System.
Koyna project was set up in Maharashtra and is on the east flowing branch of river, Krishna. Its capacity is about 880 MW. It feeds power to Mumbai-Pune industrial region.
Sharavathy project is set up at the Jog Falls in Karnataka, which is the highest water fall in the country. Its total capacity is 891 MW, It feeds Bangalore industrial region and is also taken to the states of Goa and Tamil Nadu.
Sabarigiri project erected in Kerala has a total installed capacity of 300 MW.
Balimela project in Odisha has an installed capacity of 360 MW.
Gujarat Ukai Project has a total installed capacity of 300 MW. It is erected on river Tapti.
Salal Hydel Power in Jammu and Kashmir project provide over a thousand MW of power.
Tehri Hydel Power project is a joint project of the Govt of India and Uttaranchal. Tehri Hydro Development Corporation was established in 1988.
Pykara Hydro Electric Power on Pykara river is in Nilgiri. It is the First Hydro Electric Project in Tamil Nadu.
Sivasamudram in Karnataka is at Sivasamudram falls on Kavery.
Mettur Hydro Electric Power is in Tamil Nadu. Stanley Dam is built on river Kavery.
Papanasam Scheme in Tamil Nadu is on Tamraparni river in Tirunelveli district.
Sarda in Uttar Pradesh is across sarda river in Nainital district.
Idukki project in Kerala have three storage dams on river Periyar, Cheruthoni and Idukki. The Idukki project has a total installed capacity of 390 MW.
Kalindi is located on the Kalindi River in North Karnataka district.