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New guidebook on how to establish a small hydropower cooperative

Within the EU co-funded project RESTOR Hydro, European hydropower representatives published a first-ever guidebook on how to establish a small hydropower (SHP) cooperative.
This publication offers a step by step guide outlining useful tools on how to refurbish the estimated 350,000 old water mills, weirs and inoperative SHP stations located in the EU Member States.

By valorising the SHP potential in Europe, the project's aim is to bring hydropower closer to the people by showing them the technology, the benefits it can bring to the regions and how it can contribute reaching the EU's 2020 energy targets.

Dirk Hendricks, Secretary General of the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA) states that "one of the main barriers the project addresses is the financing aspects: SHP sites are often too small to be 'bankable'. The solution proposed by this publication is to gather several SHP sites within one region and to fund the costs to exploit them through a local cooperative. Local citizens will be offered a share of the project with co-ownership." This publication is aimed at anyone with basic entrepreneurial skills who are seeking microhydropower potential in a region and are willing to tap into this potential through a community driven model.

The guidebook is available at http://www.restor-hydro.eu/

It will be available in French, Italian, Lithuanian, Swedish, Polish, Greek and Slovenian in the following months.


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