About Small (Micro-) Hydropower

According to Greg Pahl, author of the Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis, “there are undoubtedly thousands of potential micro-hydro sites that have been overlooked by most state and national planners…..However, these sites offer a lot of potential for individuals and groups to harness the energy of falling water that is presently being wasted. ”

It would be interesting to have your students evaluate the potential for a micro-hydro site at their school or in their community.  An 8 page publication from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory contains information and graphics about small hydropower systems in addition to a resource section for more information.


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