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Hydroelectric plants with a capacity of 20 MW or less are a valuable niche of the hydro industry, providing local power in underdeveloped countries and sources of new capacity in established markets.

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RenoEnergie awards contract for work at Czech Republic's Plzen-Hradste hydropower plant


Hydrohrom s.r.o. has been awarded a contract worth US$527,420 by RenoEnergie a.s. for work at the Czech Republic's Plzen-Hradste small hydropower plant.

Nicaragua seeks study of small hydro potential in two river basins


Nicaragua's electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform an initial assessment of small hydropower potential in two Nicaragua river basins.

Small Hydro: Power of the Dammed: How Small Hydro Could Rescue America's Dumb Dams


Fitting the tens of thousands of non-powered dams in the U.S. with hydroelectric generating equipment could provide a valuable source of reliable, emissions-free energy. But this can only happen if developers find ways to overcome the biggest obstacle: government paperwork.

Project Spotlight: Developing 7.5-MW Youngs Creek in Washington State


Successful completion of the 7.5-MW Youngs Creek project in Washington State shows it is possible to develop new small hydro facilities that are both cost-effective and meet high environmental standards. The project has been operating since October 2011.

Dutch company to supply 25 hydropower units to Nepal


Dutch turbine manufacturer Tocardo International has closed a deal to sell 25 of its T100 generating units to Glow Tech Solutions of Nepal.

Colombia's 19.9-MW Hidromontanitas hydroelectric plant operational


Colombian power company Celsia has begun commercial operation of its 19.9-MW Hidromontanitas hydropower project, has learned.

RusHydro, Kazakhmys sign deal for small hydroelectric development


Utilities RusHydro and Kazkhmys have signed a tentative deal that would see the Russian energy conglomerate construct up to 300 MW-worth of small hydroelectric plants in Kazakhstan, has learned.

Albania looking to sell four hydropower plants to foreign investors


The Albanian government is interested in selling four state-owned hydropower plants to private investors, according to information provided by the country's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy.

India's Assam State planning massive small hydro expansion


A partnership between the Assam Power Project Development Company Ltd. and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. could create as many as 149 new small hydropower projects, Indian sources report.

Hawaii decides not to pursue 1.5-MW Waimea hydropower project


Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie has announced a new 1.5-MW hydropower facility will not be constructed due to recent feasibility studies.

Aboitiz Power expanding hydro portfolio with two new generating facilities


Filipino management and investment group Aboitiz Power Corp. announces its plan to construct two run-of-river hydroelectric plants: 16.4-MW Sita and 11.8-MW Simod.

Group files to become Bhutan's first hydroelectric construction company


An application filed last week with Bhutan's Ministry of Economic Affairs should give the south Asian country its first hydropower construction company, has learned.

CAF, Sao Paulo teaming up for small hydropower study


The Andean Development Corporation and the governor of Brazil's Sao Paulo state have signed an agreement that will provide non-reimbursable funds for the research and evaluation of small hydropower plants.

Vermont following Colorado's lead for small hydro development


A bill that would benefit hydropower developers in the state of Vermont is making its way toward Governor Peter Shumlin's desk.

Nicaragua seeks consultant to advance 2.5-MW Montecristo


Nicaragua's electric utility invites expressions of interest from consultants to design and to prepare tender documents for construction of the 2.5-MW Montecristo hydroelectric project in San Sabastian de Yali, Jinotega Department.

Minerco to liquidate Honduran hydropower plant


Renewable energy developer Minerco Resources Inc., has announced that it will sell its 4-MW Iscan hydroelectric plant in Honduras.

Design consultant picked for Jamaica's 12.6-MW Black River hydropower project


Global development consultancy Mott MacDonald has been selected as designer and technical advisor by Kier Construction Limited for a US$27 million hydroelectric project.

Czech firm seeks turbine-generator for Plzen-Hradste small hydro


Hydro developer RenoEnergie a.s. seeks bids to supply a turbine-generator for the Plzen-Hradste small hydroelectric project on the Uhlava River near Pilsen in the Czech Republic.

Group hopes to stimulate small hydropower development with new support program


A program created by the Global Village Energy Partnership International aims to jumpstart small hydroelectric development in Tanzania.

Kemijoki Oy picks Metso for automation system work


Finnish electric utility Kemijoki Oy has selected technology supplier Metso for automation work at two hydroelectric plants.

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