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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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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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The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from January-February 2015

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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.

India’s National Mission on Small Hydro, rehabilitation and development of hydroelectric projects up to 25 MW


In India, small hydroelectric projects up to 25 MW are the focus of a new joint initiative between federal and state governments and private sector groups to develop new generation facilities and rehabilitate and upgrade existing schemes. The details of the program were released last week in a draft of the National Mission on Small Hydro (NMSH), a document prepared by India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).  

Orenco Hydropower hires European representative

Pellettieri joins ORENCO Hydropower as European development manager


Luciano Pellettieri will serve as European Business Development Manager for ORENCO Hydropower.

India's Uttarakhand state moves to keep small hydropower development local


New policies in India's northern Uttarakhand state are expected to encourage the development of up to 3,000 MW-worth of hydroelectric potential through the construction of micro and small hydropower plants.

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A combined US$11.1 million will finance two small hydroelectric projects in the Scottish Highlands


CRF Hydro Power Ltd., a Scottish hydro developer and operator, has completed negotiations with Clydesdale Bank Plc. to receive US$5.83 million to rehabilitate and upgrade the Garbhaig small hydroelectric project from 915 kW to 2 MW. The scheme is located in a rural area on Loch [Lake] Garbhaig in the Scottish Highlands in the Wester Ross area.  

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Opportunity to contribute to report on small hydropower worldwide


The International Centre for Small Hydropower is preparing an updated World Small Hydropower Development Report for 2016 and is seeking contributors.

Locals approve US$7.5 million 1.4-MW Slug of Auchrannie small hydroelectric project in Scotland


The 1.4-MW Slug of Auchrannie small hydroelectric project received approval from the Angus County Council of Development Standards Committee on Jan. 28 for installation in the Den of Arlie ravine near the town of Kirriemuir in Angus, Scotland. A definite start date for construction has not been announced, but the project proposal application indicates 18 months are needed to complete the run-of-river project on River Isla, estimated to cost about US$7.5 million.

Hydroelectric power returns to Scotland's historic Blair Castle


A hydropower plant located at Blair Castle in Scotland's Highland Perthshire is generating electricity after sitting idle for more than five decades, following restoration of 100-year old equipment.

Jordan seeks pipeline, small hydro plant at Khaw Reservoir


The Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) invites applications for pre-qualification to design and build a water pipeline, pumping facilities and a small hydropower project at Khaw Reservoir in Jordan.

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Scotland moves forward on a 1.4-MW small hydroelectric project in Den of Arlie


Development in Den of Airlie will move forward now that the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SPEA) is satisfied with the results of a four-year-long environmental impact study submitted by Airlie Castle property owners. Formerly a nature reserve, but now an area of special scientific interest, the area’s study indicates a small hydroelectric project would have needed economic benefits to the community and have no major adverse negative impacts to the environment. 

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Colorado receives $1.8 million to advance agricultural hydropower project development


A $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture should help the Colorado Department of Agriculture support development of agricultural hydropower projects in the state, according to a press release from the Colorado Small Hydro Association.

U.S. seeks firms for salmon study in area of 2.79-MW Warm Springs, Coyote Valley dams


A U.S. fisheries agency seeks information on firms able to monitor salmon in California's Russian River in the areas of the 2.79-MW Warm Springs and Coyote Valley dams.

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