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About this Guide

Micro-hydropower systems are receiving increasing interest from homeowners and others who have property that is not served by the electrical grid. This buyer's guide will help you decide if micro-hydropower is a viable option for you. It will:

  • introduce you to the basics of how a micro-hydropower system works
  • offer pointers on how to assess how much energy and power you need
  • introduce you to the principal components of a micro-hydropower system
  • outline how to determine if a micro-hydropower system makes economic sense for your circumstances
  • offer some practical examples of micro-hydropower systems

This guide is not an instruction manual on how to install a micro-hydropower system; it may not provide complete information on whether a micro-hydropower system is right for your circumstances. Rather, it is a helpful introduction when considering micro-hydro systems for remote off-grid residential homes, cottages, ranches, lodges, camps, parks, small communities and First Nations communities that are not connected to an electrical grid.

Micro-hydropower systems can be complicated, are site-specific, require expertise to set up and need some degree of maintenance. You will need a qualified person to determine the feasibility of the system and its design and set-up. Before your final decision, consult government agencies and your local utility to ensure that your proposed installation meets required electrical codes, building regulations and site regulations.