Small Hydro Handbook
The Colorado Energy Office is offering a new Small Hydro Handbook to assist developers, ranchers, municipal water operators, irrigation districts, agricultural producers, resource agencies, environmental organizations, utilities and others with small hydropower project development.
The Small Hydro Handbook provides a step by step process for tapping the potential for small hydropower on existing water pipes, water diversions, impoundments, and new water infrastructure in Colorado.
The Handbook contains details on key turbine manufacturers, examples of hydropower technologies installed in Colorado, new hydropower technology for low head applications, descriptions of permitting processes, and case studies for municipal water and ranch applications. Each step of development from site assessment to completion is covered with resource contacts and references detailed in the appendix.
The Handbook can serve both as a catalyst for project development and as a tool to build partnerships in growing the understanding of small hydropower opportunities in Colorado. Persons interested in additional education and services for small hydropower can email Michael McReynolds at the Colorado Energy Office as it is considering development of additional tools to support small hydropower developers.
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