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Community Hydropower

Hydro projects by their nature are highly complex and only technical expertise will deliver a quality project that has a long life. If you add the extra dimension of community involvement and the extra challenges that brings, a community hydropower project can seem daunting. We are here to help guide you through the labyrinth and make sure your community hydropower project starts on a sound footing.

  • These pages are aimed at landowners, and established community groups, and provide the key information you need to develop a community hydro project from scratch.

  • A comprehensive list of funding sources for renewable energy projects and community projects across the UK showing which stage the help applies to.

  • Help and guidance on whether to fund your project with a grant or a loan at different development stages, and the pitfalls of each funding method.

  • There are a range of commercial and benefit payment structures which all claim to be community projects – find out more to help you decide the best structure for you.

  • The UK Government support community renewable energy via their community energy strategy – find out more about this ambitious program.

  • Provided you have a good potential hydro site, project economics, income and return on investment are favourable to the development – find out more.

  • It may or may not be possible to use your energy locally, or sell it on a private wire to another consumer, if not then the energy must be exported to the grid – find out more.

  • We have full project capability – from feasibility studies, through planning, design, construction and operation. How can we help deliver your hydropower project?

Are you considering a hydropower project in the UK, Ireland or overseas?

Renewables First have considerable experience as a hydro consultant and have a full project capability, from initial feasibility study through to system design and installation.

The first step to develop any small or micro hydropower site is to conduct a full feasibility study.

Contact us about a feasibility study today!

Once complete, you will understand the site potential and be guided through the next steps to develop your project. You can read more about hydropower in our Hydro Learning Centre.

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