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    Greenko to acquire run-of-river small hydro asset


    Greenko, an Indian developer, owner and operator of clean energy projects, has entered into an agreement to acquire Hemavathi Power & Light Pvt Ltd, which operates a 24-MW run-of-river hydropower plant. It is expected that the acquisition of HPL will be complete in the next few weeks.

    Brazil adds two small hydropower plants, solar plant to Reidi program


    Brazil's mines and energy ministry has added two small hydropower plants and one solar power plant to the government's special infrastructure development incentives program known as Reidi, wire services reported.

    Construction of 24 small hydropower plants possible in Russia


    Twenty-four small hydropower plants could be built in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region by 2020, the press office of the regional economic development ministry reported.

    Duke Energy expects small hydro projects in Brazil to come online by 2011


    U.S. power group Duke Energy expects its two new small hydropower plants being developed in Brazil to come online by the end of 2011, wire services reported.

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    Small hydropower project approved in Scotland


    The Scottish Government has approved a small hydropower project to be developed by RWE npower renewables in Scotland.

    BC Hydro awards small hydro purchase agreement under Clean Power Call


    Provincial utility BC Hydro has selected another hydropower project for an electricity purchase agreement through its Clean Power Call, bringing the total number of projects selected to 26.

    Norcan wins Bracebridge Hydro contract


    Norcan Hydraulic Turbine Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply and install turbines and generators for Bracebridge Generation in Bracebridge, Ontario.

    AES China acquires stake in small hydro developer


    AES Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary, AES China Hydropower Investment Co. Pte. Ltd., has entered into an agreement to acquire a 49 percent interest in the Jianghe Rural Electricity Development Co Ltd. joint venture, AES announced.

    Barr Creek hydropower project construction begins


    Synex International Inc. has announced the commencement of construction of the access roads for the Barr Creek Hydro Project.

    Repair work on Cavango hydro project in Angola to begin this year


    Work is planned to begin this year to rebuild the Cavango small hydropower project in Angola, which was damaged during the Angolan Civil War, government officials told local media.

    Oriental Energy gets green light for small hydropower project in Philippines


    Oriental Energy and Power Generation Corp., the power arm of Oriental Peninsula Resources Group, recently got approval from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to proceed with the 18-MW Timbaban hydropower project in Madalag, Aklan.

    China Power New Energy to acquire small hydropower project


    China Power New Energy Development Company Limited said it will acquire full control of a 36.6-MW hydropower project in southeastern China for CNY 39.2 million (US$ 5.7 million) in cash, wire services reported.

    Four small hydropower projects completed in Nepal


    The construction of four small hydropower projects with a total installed capacity of 54 Kilowatts has been completed in Nepal's Sankhuwasabha district, regional media reported.

    China Hydroelectric signs purchase agreements for small hydro projects


    China Hydroelectric Corporation, a consolidator, developer and operator of small hydro projects, has signed definitive agreements to acquire a portion of the previously announced Minrui hydro projects in China's Yunnan Province, wire services reported.

    BC selects small hydro projects for purchase agreements under Clean Power Call


    An additional two projects have been selected for an electricity purchase agreement (EPA) under BC Hydro's Clean Power Call.

    Small hydropower projects get green light from Scottish Government


    Four small hydro projects near Loch Lomond with a combined generating capacity of 6.7 megawatts have been approved by the Scottish Government.

    Central Vermont Public Service to acquire other Vermont utility, hydro assets


    Central Vermont Public Service announced it will purchase the assets and service territory of the Vermont Marble Power Division of Omya Inc., including several small hydropower projects.

    Center for micro hydropower development set up in Nepal


    A center for development of micro hydropower has been set up in Nepal, wire services reported.

    Oriental Energy plans small hydropower projects in Philippines


    Oriental Energy and Power Generation Corp. recently received four new renewable energy service contracts from the Department of Energy for developing small hydro projects.

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