Small Hydro


Small Hydro is the small scale production of hydroelectric power. This application can be applied to existing or new dams, to other creative measures in using the movement of water to generate electricity. The scale of small hydro can be as small as 1 kilowatts to 10megawatts. In contrast, the Hoover Dam is a massive 2,074 megawatts. The power generated typically will be distributed to small communities, individual residences or commercial/industrial applications. The electricity generated can also be connected to the electrical grid for distribution. The benefit of small hydro power is the relatively low environmental impact as well as the low cost of this renewable energy source. For small scale residential hydro installations, steep mountain streams offer the best opportunity for potential installations. New England Solar & Green Solutions can produce the site plans, engineering, and design work to provide you with electrical production from your water source.