Principles and stakes
- small hydro: from 2 000 kW to 10 000 kW
- mini hydro: from 500 kW to 10 000 kW
- micro hydro: from 20 kW to 500 kW
- pico hydro: less than 20 kW
A source of clean renewable energy
Small hydropower has a natural and renewable resource: water. It does not producegreenhouse gas emissions, major environmental problem on a global scale. Notusing any fuel, hydroelectricity does not release any oxide effect, and in particular nocarbon dioxide. In summary, it can claim the designation of energy for sustainable development.
Energy balancing ecology and development
Production techniques, regulations and willingness of stakeholders, contribute to limiting the environmental impact of small hydropower. It has, in fact, a controlledimpact on water quality, the life of the river, the sound environment, landscapes …
A tool to develop the territory
Hydropower creates a very diverse number of jobs: construction and maintenance of a small central require the assistance of civil engineering companies, to turbiniers,electricians, suppliers of generators, screens, … and generate jobs for localmonitoring and maintenance.
Through royalties and taxes which they are subjected to, they help to balance the budgets of small towns sometimes without any industry, which are then guaranteed to benefit from resources over the long term (30-40 years).