WHY SMALL HYDRO?
Small hydro typically takes advantage of existing facilities, including already-constructed dams, irrigation canals and pipelines, to generate clean energy with minimal environmental impact.
Hydropower is a mature technology with a long history, so performance and operating costs are predictable. Unlike intermittent renewable energy technologies, hydro can provide baseload generation.
Government surveys have identified several hundred potential small hydro project sites in Colorado. These projects have the potential to make a significant contribution to Colorado's renewable energy mix to help meet Colorado's recently-increased renewable energy standard and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change.