Practical Action promotes small-scale hydro schemes that generate up to 500 kilowatts of power. The micro-hydro power station, which converts the energy of flowing water into electricity, provides poor communities in rural areas with an affordable, easy to maintain and long-term solution to their energy needs.
We have developed micro-hydro systems with communities in Peru, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Kenya. These systems, which are designed to operate for a minimum of 20 years, are usually 'run-of-the-river' systems.
Renewal energy programs have emerged as a viable option to achieve the goal of sustainable development. These play significant roles to protect the environmental hazards posed by the traditional energy options which cause threat to environment. In that context our projects in some rural pockets of Odisha has been using water sources and setting up micro hydro power houses which are sufficient enough to lighten few villages.