ESHA at a glance
The European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA) represents the interest of the hydropower sector by promoting the benefits and opportunities of hydropower at EU level. The association campaigns for improved market conditions for the hydropower sector, removal of any barriers to hydropower development and an increase in hydro-electricity production in Europe.
ESHA serves as a platform for stakeholders in the hydropower field by providing its members with key information and briefings on EU policies and legislation, by promoting networking among hydropower stakeholders and by creating synergies within the renewable energy and other relevant sectors.
ESHA is a federation of European national hydropower associations as well as members from all sectors of the hydropower field, such as equipment manufacturers, public utilities, independent producers, research institutes, investors, industry and consultants.
ESHA, founded in 1989 as an initiative of the European Commission, is ideally located with other Renewable Energy Associations in the Renewable Energy House in Brussels just a block away from the European institutions.
- 21.02.14 - Brussels
COMMUNITY FINANCE AND SMALL HYDROPOWER COOPERATIVES
One of the main barriers facing micro-hydro development is finance. All too often small scale and micro-hydro projects are considered not profitable enough to be "bankable".
However as part of the RESTOR Hydro Project guidelines have been developed on how to establish small and micro-hydropower cooperatives- with a community shares ownership. This community collaboration to produce decentralised energy creates economic vibrancy, increases electrical supply security, improves environmental conditions resulting in win-win outcomes for the region.The guidelines are aimed at anyone with basic entrepreneurial skills seeing some micro-hydropower potential in a region and who is willing to tap into this potential through a community driven model.
Specific supporting tools such as the business model, template for master agreement, a financial tool assesRead more
- 19.02.14 - Brussels
THE RWANDAN ENERGY WATER AND SANITATION AUTHORITY (EWSA) IS CALLING FOR PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES TO DEVELOP MICRO-HYDROPOWER PLANTS AS INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS
The Rwanadan public utility EWSA is looking for proposals from private sector companies to invest in 9 Greenfield micro-hydro projects operating on an Independent Power Producer (IPP) basis. This project is in cooperation with the "Energizing Development Programme" implemented by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) where selected bidders will execute a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with EWSA as sole off-taker.
A shortlist of selected companies that meet the necessary prequalification criteria- high rate of turnover, good financial order, relevant experience in micro-hydro etc, will then be requested to submit legal, technical and financial bids.
The decision process will then commence and field visits will be orgRead more
- 17.02.14 - Brussels
FIRST COMPILATION OF WORLD'S SMALL HYDROPOWER DATA LAUNCHED
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the International Centre on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) have released an interactive web-based knowledge sharing portal that outlines the small hydropower capacity- both current and potential for 20 regional overviews and 149 country-level reports.
The website is an on-going project in which UNIDO and the ICSHP are collaborating with national institutions to facilitate continuous monitoring and collection of small hydropower data and are actively reaching out to potential partners to provide up-to date information. The changes will be reflected regularly on the website.Read more
The website can be accessed at
ESHA NEWSLETTER MAY 2013 EDITION
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