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Hydro-electric scheme on the River Thames by Caversham Weir to be built in 2020
Reading residents will have the opportunity to invest in renewable energy generation to make the world a greener, cleaner place through a new community share scheme.

Unimas wins NEA 2019 with mini hydro electric dam project
A mini hydro electric dam project by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)’ Centre for Renewable Energy has won Renewable Energy – Off Grid Power award at the National Energy Award (NEA) 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.

U.S. Department of Energy unveils Hydropower Vision plan
The U.S. Department of Energy released the long-awaited Hydropower Vision report - alongside $9.8 million in funding for hydroelectric power - at HydroVision International 2016 in Minneapolis

Gilkes starts constructing 3 new hydro projects
Gilkes Energy recently announced they have started construction on 3 new hydro projects

Nicatous Lodge develops off-grid micro-hydro project
A Maine sporting camp has proposed developing an off-grid micro-hydropower project to provide it electricity. Nicatous Lake Lodge and Cabins LLC proposes to develop the micro-hydro project at its remote property near Burlington, Maine. A filing made by the camp earlier this spring has triggered a federal review process to evaluate whether the project will require a license or exemption under the Federal Power Act.

FERC rules off-grid micro-hydro needs no license
Federal hydropower regulators have granted reconsideration of a 2015 order finding licensing required for an off-grid micro-hydropower project proposed in Massachusetts.

£5m boost for two new Scottish microhydro schemes
Albion Community Power (ACP) has committed close to £5m to the development of two new hydropower schemes in the Scottish Highlands.

Hydropower development on a small scale in Haiti (Micro Hydro)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released for the sectors interested an environmental impact study of micro-power plant : Ravine du Sud and Saut Mathurine.

Phase 2 begins for Kenyan 320 kW Ndurumo microhydro 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.

Kenyan teafactories invest in four hydro power plants
The Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. broke ground Aug. 18 on its 1.8 MW Lower Nyamindi small hydro project.

Micro-hydropower electricity generation could save the water industry millions
New research findings from Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have highlighted the potential for further cost savings from micro-hydropower. Savings of up to an additional GBP 1m a year in Wales alone could help keep water bills down.

Nigeria inaugurates 400kw Tunga dam hydro power plant
Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Friday inaugurated the 400 kilowatt Tunga Dam Small Hydro Power Plant that would provide electricity to more than 10, 000 people on the Mambila Plateau.

Small scale hydropower can provide stream of new jobs to rural regions
New research by Cardiff Business School points to a potential economic windfall from micro-hydro. On the basis of existing installations, researchers estimate that every 1MW of community-owned micro-hydro installed generates an additional 10 full-time equivalent jobs in every year of its operation.

"Blue Gold" Report details new hydroelectric possibilities within existing infrastructure
The Hydro Research Foundation released a policy report, "Blue Gold: Building new Hydropower with Existing Infrastructure" which highlights how consensus policy federal and state policy changes can unleash substantial new development of hydropower utilizing existing water infrastructure.

Smart Villages and Practical Action Consulting off-grid village energy workshop in Nepal highlights key role of mini-hydro schemes
In the latest of a series of workshops across the SE Asia region, the Smart Villages Initiative and Practical Action Consulting brought together a diverse cross-section of participants in the Nepali off-grid energy sector.

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.

SEPS Call in Southern and South East Asia on Pico and Micro Hydro
The first SEPS call for proposals in 2015 focuses on micro hydro power (P/MHP) technologies in the region of Southern Asia and South East Asia.

Community hydro in Oxford to be commissioned
A community-owned hydro-electric scheme in Oxford will be primarily used to power the Environment Agency offices next door.

Power from the past lights up Cragside
Cragside House was the first house in the world to use hydroelectricity and with the introduction of this modern hydro system, a 17 metre long galvanised turbine weighing several tonnes, it will produce enough energy to light the bulbs in the house, and enable Cragside to re-tell the story for which it is famous.

Marubeni to launch microhydro project in Fukushima Prefecture
Marubeni has commenced construction of a microhydro plant of 175 kW in Shimogo Town, Minami Aizu County, Fukushima. The project is being jointly developed with Mibugawa.

100 kW Archimedean Screw for for New Durham City Development (UK)
An Archimedean screw weighing 20 tonnes and measuring 13m long, has been installed by Spaans Babcock at a Durham riverside complex.

Dawyck Botanic Garden in the Scottish Borders commissions 11 kW hydro system
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, today (Monday 19 May 2014) launched a new hydro-electric scheme at Dawyck Botanic Garden in the Scottish Borders, making it the first carbon neutral botanic garden in the UK.

Snowdonia hydro-turbine marks major National Trust green energy project
The National Trust's first large hydro turbine has been switched on at a Snowdonia farm and is now helping to fund its conservation work.

New US support programme for advanced hydro turbine technologies
Energy Department Announces $4.4 Million to Support Next-Generation Advanced Hydropower Manufacturing

Thirteen more SMART turbines sold in Nigeria
Smart Hydro Power recently signed a deal for thirteen additional kinetic water turbines in Nigeria, after the successful installation of two turbines at the end of 2013.

Satellite data to pinpoint micro hydro sites
University of Leicester works with High Efficiency Heating UK Ltd to pinpoint optimum locations for microhydro sites.

Alliance for Rural Electrification starts hydro campaign
In January 2014 ARE kicked off its six-month Small Hydropower Campaign. The Campaign aims to underline the enormous potential of small hydropower (SHP) worldwide, and particularly in Latin America.

Co-operative raises GBP 200,000 towards microhydro project
A co-operative set up to produce renewable electricity in the Brecon Beacons National Park has raised more than GBP 200,000 from investors, Wales Online has reported.

South African water board turns to microhydro for their HQ
During the South African Water Week, which is taking place from March 17 to 23, research body the Water Research Commission (WRC) is launching the Bloemwater hydropower project, in an attempt to save on energy costs for the Bloemfontein area.

Microhydro plant soon to rise in San Mateo, Isabela
A small farming community in Isabela on Cagayan Valley presents one possible solution to concerns of insufficient power supply: generate hydroelectric power through irrigation water.

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