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Micro-Hydro Power Generation: The New Renewable

A LAND OWNER IN COLORADO is making a profit from micro-hydro power generation, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

Clint Ouma in an article on the Exploring Green Technology web site writes that, “Hydroelectric energy is the world’s most used renewable power source today.” Countries, such as Paraguay, Zambia, and Norway generate 98 to 100 percent of their power from water. “About 20 percent of the world’s electricity,” he writes, “is currently generated from hydropower.” China, Canada and Brazi are leading the way.

There is a downside to large-scale hydropower generation. And that is the negative environmental impact of dams and reservoirs, something still hotly contested in the Southwest with the harnessing of the Colorado River.

And then there is the individual person harnessing power from their own streams and waterfalls. For Sam Perry and his creek in Colorado, he will harness and sell energy without dams or reservoirs. Burton acquired a derelict power plant when he bought a property for $150,000, which includes the creek with its waterfall. Perry expects that as long as it rains and the stream flows, he can “send 5,000 gallons of water per minute into a turbine at the base of the falls.” As long as the river runs through his turbines, he plans to make as much as $12,000 a month.

Click here for a link to Wall Street Journal story about Waterfalls. Be sure and check out the interesting article links.

Click here for a Link to Exploring Green Technology on hydroelectric energy.