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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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After C$505,000 in repairs, 7.4-MW Snare Falls hydroelectric plant is operational


Electricity to supply communities in Canada’s Northwest Territories is again being generated as of March 18, after Northwest Territories Power Corp. (NTPC) spent an estimated C$505,000 to complete repairs of the upper and lower bearings in the Kaplan turbine at its 7.4-MW Snare Falls hydroelectric plant.  

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Nine U.S. hydropower plants to be sold by Eversource Energy


Eversource Energy is selling nine hydropower plants as part of an agreement reached with key state officials on March 12.

Swiss utility seeks turbine-generator for 570-kW Morteratsch hydro project


Swiss-based generator Repower AG seeks bids to supply a replacement turbine-generator for the 570-kW Morteratsch hydroelectric project in Switzerland. 

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UK company seeks US$3.7 million through bond initiative for small hydro projects


TradeLink Solutions (TLS) Energy Group, based in Hertfordshire, England, is attempting to increase its affect on the European small hydro market by seeking US$3.7 million in investments through a bond initiative backed by Triodos Bank N.V. 

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DR Congo seeks study of micro-hydropower project at Tshikapa


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) invites expressions of interest from consultants to study development of a micro-hydropower project to power drinking water pumping and treatment facilities in the community of Tshikapa.

South Africa's 10-MW Neusberg small hydro plant enters official operation


South Africa's 10-MW Neusberg hydropower project has been officially launched, according to owner Kakamas Hydro Electric Power Ltd.

Update: Malawi develops 100-kW micro-hydroelectric project in “tea town” through UK company


During the first week of March, the Scottish Government announced it awarded funding to SgurrEnergy, based in Glasgow, Scotland, to develop a 100-kW micro-hydroelectric scheme on the Lichenya River in the Mulanje district of the Republic of Malawi. Located near Mozambique, the country is Africa’s second largest black tea producer and Mulanje is the second-highest tea-producing district in Malawi.  


Durban sees potential for small hydro on existing infrastructure


A grant from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has been used to identify opportunities to install 100 kW to 1 MW hydropower projects on existing infrastructure in Durban.

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Guide hopes to encourage small hydro growth in Pennsylvania


A new guide released earlier this month by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council aims to spur low-impact hydropower growth within the state.

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Swiss utility seeks to replace turbine-generator at 2.5-MW Arni hydro project


Lucerne utility ewl Kabelnetz AG seeks bids to replace the turbine-generator unit of the 2.5-MW Arni hydroelectric project in Switzerland.


FERC affirms revocation of hydropower license for failure to build fish passage


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a request for rehearing and affirmed its revocation of the hydropower license of the 687-kW East Juliette hydroelectric project due to the licensee's failure over 12 years to construct required fish passage.

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Hydro Research Foundation announces New Pathways for Hydropower report


The Hydro Research Foundation has released a new report, called New Pathways for Hydropower: Getting Hydropower Built -- What Does It Take?

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Gravity Renewables acquires New York's 3.5-MW Stillwater hydropower project


Small hydro developer Gravity Renewables has completed the acquisition of the 3.5-MW Stillwater hydropower plant on New York's Hudson River.

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Cube Hydro acquires 10 small hydroelectric projects from Harbor Hydro


Renewables developer Cube Hydro Partners LLC has acquired a 100% interest in 10 run-of-river hydroelectric projects from Harbor Hydro LLC, the New York-based company reported.

Canadian developer acquires two Indian small hydropower plants


Canadian renewable energy developer P2 Solar Inc. has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to acquire the 5-MW Barkote 2 hydropower project in India.

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PBS highlights small hydro's potential in recent segment


Growing up in Oklahoma -- a state with no natural lakes -- dams are plentiful, and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Keystone Dam and its 70 MW hydropower plant just 20 miles to the west, I always had a vision of what I thought a hydroelectric plant and the pieces that make it possible should look like.

Vietnam developer seeks bids to equip, construct 17-MW Ban Ang hydro project


Vietnam hydropower developer Nam Mo & Nam Non Hydropower Joint Stock Co. seeks bids to supply turbine-generators and other equipment and to complete construction of the 17-MW Ban Ang hydroelectric project in Vietnam.

Construction begins on two Scottish small hydropower projects


Work on pair of new small hydropower plants on Scotland's Glenfalloch Estate represents a significant step in achieving the National Park Partnership Plan's 2012-2017 renewable energy goals, according to the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park (LL&TTNP).

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USDA grants available year-round to develop renewables, including hydro


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened its Renewable Energy for America or REAP to applications year-round, offering more opportunities for rural small businesses and agricultural producers to develop renewables, including hydro.

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