Small-scale energy systems
Smaller-scale hydropower solutions have proven to be successful in various regions where it may be more technically feasible and cost-effective to install small-scale systems than more conventional hydropower systems. The short lead time in developing and constructing some of these types of facilities can be an additional incentive for smaller-scale systems.
Small-scale hydropower can also play an important role in providing energy access to remote areas in developing countries. Connecting remote generating facilitates to isolated mini-grids can provide an option to bring electricity to communities where connection to a central grid is economically unfeasible.
However, when evaluating potential sites, it is important that an overall energy plan and watershed management scheme has been implemented, to ensure that small-scale hydropower development is done sustainably, with appropriate consideration of environmental and social issues.
This session will discuss the advantages and some of the challenges associated with small-scale energy systems and the role of small-scale energy systems can play in meeting the countries energy needs in increasing global need for green energy and discuss the best basin-wide planning practices to achieve the greatest benefits.
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