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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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Phase 2 begins for Kenyan US$580,000 320-kW Ndurumo micro-hydroelectric project


Phase 2 of the Ndurumo hydroelectric project on the Kathita River in Meru County, Kenya is set to begin in September with the construction of a penstock for a 320 kW micro-hydroelectric facility. Estimated total cost for the entire project is US$580,000.  

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Scotland begins operating 1-MW Merk small hydro project


The 1-MW Merk small hydro plant began operating on the River Fyne, Argyll, Scotland, and a ribbon cutting was held Aug. 24.

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India commissions hydro turbine in sewerage plant’s effluent pipe


A hydropower plant has been commissioned at Chilla in East Delhi, India, which consists of a turbine propelled by effluent from a sewerage treatment plant.

Eagle Creek expands small hydro portfolio with construction, acquisition


Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC has broken ground on a pair of small hydropower projects Vermont and acquired another in New Hampshire, the New Jersey-based company has announced.

Alaskan 455-kW Gartina Falls small hydroelectric project to reduce diesel dependence


According to Alaska’s Energy Authority, Inside Passage Electric Cooperative Inc. (IPEC) is constructing a US$8.2 million run-of-river 455-kW Gartina Falls small hydroelectric project in Hoonah, Alaska that could reduce fossil fuel usage. 

FERC denies permit extension; Collinsville license transfer request pending


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request by Canton, Conn., to extend the city's second preliminary permit for two Connecticut hydro sites.

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Kenya tea agency breaks ground on Lower Nyamindi small hydro project


The Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. broke ground Aug. 18 on its 1.8-MW Lower Nyamindi small hydro project.

Bolivia utility seeks design, bidding documents for 5-MW Huacata hydro project


Bolivia utility Empresa Electrica Valle Hermoso (EVH) seeks bids to perform final design and to draft bidding documents for construction of the 5-MW Huacata hydroelectric project in Bolivia's Tarija Department.

England's Chatsworth Estate adding small hydropower project


Hydroelectric power is coming to England's historic Chatsworth Estate, following approval by the Peak District National Park Authority earlier this month.

Nigeria inaugurates 400-kW Tunga small hydroelectric project


Power to Sardauna, Taraba, Nigeria has increased with the Aug. 14 commissioning of the 400-kW Tunga hydroelectric project on the Donga River.  

U.S. Army extends call for micro-hydropower project at West Point


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for applications for qualification to build a micro-hydropower project at the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point.

Union Group arranges US$59 million in financing for two Peruvian hydropower projects


Peru's 19-MW 8 de Agosto and 8.4-MW El Carmen hydropower projects have received a US$59 million financing package arranged by energy investor Union Group.

Kelly Kozdras: Graduating Researcher of the Hydro Research Foundation


Group announces plan to rehabilitate Guyana's 1.5-MW Tumatumari small hydropower project


A private company has announced plans to rehabilitate the long-defunct 1.5-MW Tumatumari hydropower plant, located in the country's central Potaro-Siparuni region.

Samoa extends call for construction of three mini-hydro projects


Samoa Electric Power Corp. (EPC) has extended the deadline for bids for design and construction of three mini-hydropower projects totaling 810 kW on Upolu and Savai'i islands in Samoa.

U.S. Army seeks micro-hydropower project at West Point


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites applications for qualification to build a micro-hydropower project at the U.S. Army Garrison at West Point.

Hydro Ottawa acquires 10 run-of-river hydro projects from Fortis


The acquisition of 10 hydroelectric projects by Hydro Ottawa from Fortis, Inc., adds about 31 MW of cumulative capacity to the Canadian utility's fleet.

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The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from July-August 2015

Southeast Asia Goes Small


Southeast Asia is home to some large hydropower projects currently under development, but it is also making progress on small hydro.

Dewey Lakes, River Mill and Prairie du Sac join Hydro Hall of Fame


Representatives for three facilities inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame received their awards during HydroVision International 2015, held July 14-17 in Portland, Ore. 

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