Hydropower is a renewable energy source and produces no air pollution or toxic by-products.
Hydropower facilities can be very small, taking advantage of water flows in municipal water facilities or irrigation ditches.
Some hydropower facilities can quickly go from zero power to maximum output, making them ideal for meeting sudden changes in demand for electricity. As these hydropower plants can dispatch power to the grid immediately, they provide essential back-up power during major electricity disruptions.
The energy output from a hydro scheme is dependent on two major factors: the stream flow (how much water runs through the system) and drop (or head), which is the vertical distance the water will fall through the water turbine. Most small-scale hydro systems require very little or no reservoir in order to power the turbines. These systems are commonly known as ‘run-of-river’, meaning the water will run straight through the generator and back into the stream. This has a minimal environmental impact on the local ecosystem.
We work with hydropower projects that have been carefully designed to ensure the system has a minimal impact on the local ecology and provide a sustainable source of power to local communities. We like projects that use the latest technology advances (such as maintenance-free water intake equipment and solid-state electrical equipment) to maintain reliability in remote areas.