Why develop hydropower?

Hydropower systems can provide a reliable source of electricity all year around, though generation is usually higher in winter than summer. This makes hydropower a relatively predictable source of renewable energy.

There are thousands of potential sites for new small-scale hydropower schemes. Together these could generate useful amounts of electricity, with minimal environmental impact, provided that they are carefully located and properly designed, installed and maintained.

A hydropower scheme can reduce your community’s greenhouse gas emissions. The electricity generated can help to reduce your energy costs and produce some income from the generation of power and the sale of any surplus electricity.