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EBRD approves loan for two Albanian hydropower projects


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced it will fund a pair of small hydropower plants with a US$7.73 million loan.

Uganda's 3.5-MW Paidha hydropower plant now operational


The commissioning of a 3.5-MW Paidha hydroelectric plant in Uganda's Zombo District will supply the West Nile sub-region with a reliable source of electricity.

Vietnam seeks bids to equip 7.2-MW A Roang


Vietnam's Central Power Corp. seeks bids to supply hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment for the 7.2-MW A Roang hydroelectric project in Vietnam.

Brazil seeks construction of 8.25-MW Jequitai 1


A government-owned company for development of Brazil's Sao Francisco and Parnaiba valleys seeks bids for civil construction of the 8.25-MW Jequitai 1 project.

Morgan Stanley-led group invests another $150 million in Chinese hydropower company


A consortium led by financial group Morgan Stanley has invested US$150 million into China's Zhaoheng Hydropower Holdings Ltd., has learned.

French energy firm seeks bids to build 2.46-MW Fontenil


French local energy company Energie Developpement Services du Brianconnais (EDSB) seeks bids to construct the 2.46-MW Fontenil hydroelectric project on Durance River at Briancon.

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Philippine Department of Energy to auction 40 mini-hydropower projects


The Department of Energy of the Philippines has announced plans to auction at least 40 prospective mini-hydro sites for exploration and development in the fourth quarter, has learned.

Enduring Hydro acquires 6-MW Mahoning Creek hydroelectric project


Advanced Hydro Solutions LLC has sold its 6-MW Mahoning Creek hydroelectric project to Enduring Hydro LLC for an undisclosed amount, has learned.

President James Tie Li resigns from China Hydroelectric Corporation


Small hydropower owner, developer and operator China Hydroelectric Corporation has announced that James Tie Li has resigned as president of the company.

Four small hydropower plants slated for India's Uttar Pradesh


The Indian state Uttar Pradesh has approved bidders for four new hydropower projects that will total about 3.4 MW of output, has learned.

Work begins on Philippines' 7-MW Tudaya 2 hydroelectric plant


Hedcor Inc. -- a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower Corporation -- has broken ground on its 7-MW Tudaya 2 hydropower project.

Albion, Dragon Hydro partnering for new 300 kW project


Capital investment group Albion Ventures LLP is entering the hydropower industry with an investment of almost US$2 million in a new Dragon Hydro Limited scheme.

Escondido looking to improve safety at 1.7-MW Lake Wohlford hydropower project


A recent decision by the Escondido city council should help improve the safety of California's Lake Wohlford Dam and its accompanying 1.7-MW hydropower plant, has learned.

Delayed Windsor Castle project on track for end-of-year completion


A plan for hydroelectric production at Windsor Castle has been delayed as a result of complications with the project's 11,000-volt transmission line.

Philippines, Japanese teaming up for small hydro development


The Filipino government is hoping an agreement between its National Irrigation Administration and the Japan International Cooperation Agency will help cultivate small hydropower development.

Nordic Investment Bank announces $163 million loan for small hydro development


An agreement between the Nordic Investment Bank and Sparebank 1 SMN worth more than US$163 million will help finance small hydropower development in Norway.

Report shows potential for global small hydro growth, development


A new report from energy market analyst GlobalData indicates that governments around the world are beginning to see advantages of small hydropower development, has learned.

Company files EIA for Chilean small hydropower project


Trans Antartic Energia has submitted an environmental impact assessment to Chile's Servicio de Evaluacion Ambiental for a 6.7-MW hydropower project in the southern part of the country.

Ecuador developer seeks bids to build 3.96-MW Chorrillos


Local developer Hidrozamora E.P. seeks bids to construct the powerhouse of the 3.96-MW Chorrillos hydroelectric project on Chorrillos Stream in Ecuador's Zamora Chinchipe Province.

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