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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.


Focus session

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CEO, REH Group
Frederic LOUIS
Hydropower Coordination Director, EDF International Division
Director, Tulila Hydropower Project, Benedictine Sisters of St. Agnes, Tanzania
ghislain nicolas
Small Hydro Leader, GE Renewable Energy
Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO