Small scale hydropower can provide stream of new jobs to rural regions

The very nature of the technology involved, with a comparatively low capital investment and dependency on particular geographical features, makes it ideally suited to community ownership. The price of a typical installation varies, depending largely on size, with a typical installation costing £5,000-£8,000 per kW. For anything but truly tiny schemes this will be out of reach of all but wealthy individuals.

However, it is within the grasp of of community ownership. And it is this community ownership that offers the key to unlocking the economic potential of hard-to-reach rural areas.

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