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Brazil adds small hydro plant to Reidi program

Brazil’s Energy and Mines Ministry added a small hydro plant to the government’s special infrastructure development incentives program known as Reidi. Reidi provides tax breaks, including a five-year tax holiday on goods and services, and is part of the government’s growth acceleration plan.

The most recent plant to qualify under the program is the 3-MW Albano Machado plant in Rio Grande de Sul State. Rio do Lobo Energia owns the plant.

Yorkshire targets 50 sites for hydropower

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in the Yorkshire region of England announces the availability of more than 50 potential sites for small hydro development. This announcement comes at the conclusion of a feasibility study that showed “there are many worthwhile opportunities for hydropower” in the region. Inter Hydro Technology performed the feasibility study.

The authority says it will present its proposal to residents and landowners over the next few months to discuss the potential effects of building small hydropower units at abandoned water mills.

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Gayle Mill, shown here, is an example of an abandoned mill to be retrofitted for hydropower generation. (Photo courtesy North of England Civic Trust)

“The Dales has a long history of harnessing water power for its traditional industries, and many of its villages had their own electricity schemes in the early 1900s,” said Moya Turrell, the authority’s sustainable development officer. Turrell says the authority has helped to get hydropower development moving forward at Gayle Mill and Yore Mill, and has supported the design of plants at Linton Falls and Farfield mill.

The study was performed by Inter Hydro Technology. It can be reviewed at:

ESB awards rehab contract for Cliff project

Irish utility ESB Power Generation awarded a contract to Quartzelec Ltd. to refurbish a 330-kW house hydro set at the Cliff hydropower plant on Erne River in County Donegal. The unit was manufactured by Charmilles and installed in 1948.

The contract calls for the removal, disassembly, inspection, refurbishment, and reassembly of the turbine, governor, generator, and associated auxiliaries on the house set.

Rwanda to seek sustainable energy work, including micro-hydro

The government of Rwanda plans to seek bids to carry out a sustainable energy development project with several components, including a micro-hydropower program. The government has applied for US$4.5 million in financing from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility and US$3.8 million from the ESMAP CEIF trust fund.

The project is to include five main components: policy, strategy, and management; biomass; micro-hydro; solar energy; and energy efficiency.

The micro-hydro component includes private-sector-led micro-hydro expansion; sustainable micro-hydro; and a micro-hydro help desk. Services under that component include a study to develop regulations for micro-hydro development, including standard agreements for bulk purchase and feed-in tariffs. Also included would be advisory services for post-construction management, including sustainable micro-hydro based on public-private partnerships.

The government said specific procurement notices will be issued as they become available.

For information, contact Sustainable Energy Development Project, SEDP Focal Point in the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), P.O. Box 7207, Kigali, Rwanda; E-mail:

Norway firm names supplier for 6.5-MW Litlebo

Hydropower generator Tryggestad Kraft AS named Rainpower ASA of Norway to supply turbines and other equipment for the 6.5-MW Litlebo hydroelectric project on Norway’s Langedalen River. Rainpower, of Kjeller, Norway, was chosen from among four bidders for the contract, which is to run through October 2010.

Rainpower is to supply three Francis turbines: one for flows of 3 cubic meters per second (cms) and a head of 63 meters; one for flows of 5.5 cms and a head of 83 meters; and one for flows of 2.4 cms and a head of 83 meters. Other equipment to be supplied includes a transformer, controls, and switchgear.

Litlebo is to be built on the Langedalen about 4 kilometers from Hellesylt in the municipality of Stranda. It is to have annual generation of 23 gigawatt-hours.

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