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How long will a hydro project take?

How long will a hydro project take from initial concept to final operation ? There are quite a number of stages to a hydropower project including the following:

  • Hydropower feasibility study
  • Distribution network grid connection consultation / permission
  • Environmental licensing
  • Local authority planning permission
  • Outline and detailed civils and electrical design
  • Turbine procurement
  • Civils construction
  • Site installation and hydropower system commissioning

Due to how long it takes to secure the environmental consents (normally 9 – 18 months) and the long lead-time on the hydro turbine (normally 6 – 12 months), plus of course the substantial amount of engineering design work and construction time, hydro projects tend to take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

For a typical 100 kW hydro power project without site specific complications it would be reasonable to assume a project duration of three years, broken down as shown on the project timeline chart below.

How long will a hydro project take

Hydropower project duration

Our experienced project managers will provide a detailed site specific project timeline plan for your site should it reach detailed design and construction phase so you can understand the project timeline in detail and will ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible.

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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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