By way of hydropower introduction, ‘small hydropower’ actually means less than 1 MW power output, while ‘micro hydropower’ is less than 100 kW. Typically a small hydro system could power 1,000 ‘average’ homes, and a micro hydro system could power 100 homes, which by most peoples standards is actually quite big!
Small and micro hydropower engineering are both disciplines that benefit greatly from many years of experience, so it is always wise to work with an experienced hydropower consultant. Renewables First have over 14 years experience designing and building small and micro hydropower systems and have a proven track record of delivering high quality, reliable and award winning installations. Renewables First have a full project capability from initial site finding, feasibility assessments, planning and environmental consenting, outline and detailed design, installation and post construction support.
Learn more about the details of hydropower in our Hydropower Learning Centre.
Hydropower Introduction – Timeline for building a typical small hydro or micro hydro project
Small and micro hydro projects don’t happen quickly because of the amount of design work and the not-insignificant regulatory hurdles that must be overcome. The construction/installation phase is also quite lengthy, so most projects take two to three years to complete. The process is shown graphically on the diagram above to give you an idea of what is involved.
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Once complete, you will understand the site potential and be guided through the next steps to develop your project. You can read more about hydropower in our Hydro Learning Centre.
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