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finding a microhydro contractor

The manufacturing and installation of microhydro systems is a fairly specialized business requiring a strong understanding of both electric and environmental systems.  There is also no national database of micro-hydro contractors as there is for solar contractors. There are a limited number of experienced contractors so you need to choose carefully. Here is a listing of some of the major micro-hydro contractors:

Alternative Power & Machine

  • Description: Alternative Power and Machine, home of APMHYDRO, are dedicated to the growth of the renewable energy industry and are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products and competent technical support combined with the application of sustainable business practices.
  • Business type: distributor, service
  • Product types: micro-hydro turbines, hydro powered electric generators, packaged power systems.
  • Address: 4040 Highland Ave, Grants Pass, OR 97526
  • Telephone: (541)476-8916
  • E-mail: altpower@grantspass.com

Big Frog Mountain

  • Business type: retail sales, wholesale distributor Product types: photovoltaic modules (PV modules), DC to AC power inverters, packaged power systems.
  • Service types: system design, site survey and assessment, consulting services
  • Address: 100 Cherokee Boulevard, Suite 321, Chattanooga, Tennessee USA 37405
  • Telephone: 1-423-265-0307 FAX: 1-423-265-9030 Web Site:
  •  E-mail: Send Email to Big Frog Mountain

Bishop Enterprises

  • Business type: retail sales
  • Product types: photovoltaic modules, wind energy systems (small), hydroelectric turbines (small), DC to AC power inverters, photovoltaic systems, solar charge controllers.
  • Service types: consulting, installation
  • Address: 131 Hickok Ave, Syracuse, New York USA 13206
  • Telephone: 315-463-9017
  • FAX: 315-463-9037

Canyon Hydro

  • Description: Canyon Hydro produces highly efficient, reliable turbine systems for generating hydroelectricity. We manufacture a wide range of small hydro systems up to 15 megawatts, and provide custom design and machining for new or replacement turbine components. With more than 30 years in business, we know hydro power. Canyon Hydro systems are currently in operation worldwide, operating both stand-alone and interfaced with the utility grid.
  • Business type: manufacturer
  • Product types: small hydro energy systems, small hydro turbines
  • Address: 5500 Blue Heron Lane, P.O. Box 36, Deming, Washington USA 98244
  • Telephone: (360) 592-5552
  • FAX: (360) 592-2235

Continental Field Systems

  • Product types: hydroelectric turbines (small), hydro energy systems (small)
  •  Address: 27264 Meadowbrook Dr., Davis, CA 95618
  • Telephone: (530)753-8864
  • Fax: (530) 753-4707

    Davis Hydro

  • Description: Davis Hydro is a company that has been set up to develop responsible small hydro and to conduct research to enhance fish stocks and to mitigate the negative effects of hydropower. Davis Hydro currently is operating and developing small micro-hydroelectric sites. Davis Hydro is active in California, New York, Vermont New Hampshire, and soon in Ontario.
  • Product types: hydro energy system components, hydro energy systems  hydroelectric turbines
  • Address: 27264 Meadowbrook Dr. Davis, CA 95618
  • Telephone: (530) 753-8864
  • Fax:(530) 753-4707

    Energy Systems and Design

  • Description: Energy Systems & Design has been producing micro-hydroelectric components since 1980. We make equipment that converts the energy in moving water into electricity. We offer a wide array of products and services to the renewable energy (RE) marketplace and international installation services.
  • Product types: hydro energy system components, micro-hydro energy systems, hydroelectric turbines
  • Address: P.O. Box 4557 Sussex, NB Canada E4E 5L7
  • Telephone: (506) 433-3151
  • Fax:506) 433-6151

H & H Enterprises of Montana, Inc.

  • Business type: retail sales
  • Product types: alternative energy systems, lighting retrofits, lighting controls, Uni-Solar photovoltaic (PV) shingles, hot water absorption chiller-heaters, solar/wind stock watering systems, wind turbines (small), hybrid power systems, photovoltaic module components, hydro energy systems (small), solar water heating systems, DC to AC power inverters.
  • Service types: We engineer, install and commission all the products sell.
  • Address: 280 Wind Cave Circle, Billings, Montana USA 59102
  • Telephone: 406-651-0566
  • FAX: 406-651-0533

Harris Hydroelectric

  • Business type: manufacturer, retail sales, wholesale supplier, exporter
  • Product types: hydro energy systems (small), hydroelectric turbines (small).
  • Service types: consulting, project development services, site survey and assessment services, maintenance and repair services
  • Address: 632 Swanton Road, Davenport, California USA 95017
  • Telephone: 831-425-7652
  • FAX: 650-595-2233

Hi Power Hydro

  • Description: Located north of San Francisco,in the coastal mountains of northern California, Redwood Country. Our hydros are assembled and tested using solar, hydro, and wind power. Hi Power specializes in high voltage micro-hydro systems.
  • Business type:
    manufacturer, retail sales, wholesale supplier, exporter
  • Product types: micro-hydro energy systems, hydroelectric turbines
  • Service types: consulting, project development services, site survey and assessment services, maintenance and repair services
  • Address: PO Box 1936 , 1155 Redway Drive , Redway, CA 95560
  • Telephone: (707) 923-3507
  • E-mail: info@hipowerhydro.com

Hydro Consulting & Maintenance Services, LLC

  • Business type: CONSULTING Product types: hydro energy system components (large), hydro energy system components (small), hydro energy systems (large), hydro energy systems (small), hydroelectric turbines (large), hydroelectric turbines (small).
  • Service types: Small to Large Hydro, repair and installation Address: 2828 S McCall Rd - 32, PMB #31, Englewood, Florida USA 34224
  • Telephone: 941-276-2478 or Toll Free 1-877-hydro911
  • FAX: 775-305-1102

Hydro Green Energy

  • Business type: manufacturer, exporter
  • Product types: hydro energy systems (large), hydro energy systems (small), hydroelectric turbines (large), hydroelectric turbines (small).
  • Address: 5090 Richmond Avenue, #390, Houston, Texas USA 77056
  • Telephone: +1 877 556 6566
  • FAX: +1 713 339 9537

Hydro Technology Systems Inc.

  • Business type: manufacturer
  • Product types: microhydro powered electric generators, hydro energy components.
  • Service types: consulting
  • Address: P.O. Box 683, Kettle Falls, Washington USA 99141
  • Telephone: (509) 738 6544
  • FAX: (509) 738 4198

Hydro West Group, Inc.

  • Business type: manufacturer, service
  • Product types: large hydro-powered electric generators (> 50 kW), microhydro electric generators, hydro energy components, hydro turbines.
  • Service types: system design Address: 191 Otto Street, P.O. Box 3222, Port Townsend, Washington USA 98368
  • Telephone: 1 360 344-3400
  • FAX: 1 360 385-7538

K.C. Larson, Inc.

  • Description:  With the overwhelming increase in demand and interest, K.C. Larson, Inc. is proud and excited to launch our new Renewable Energy Department. This department will provide consulting, sales, installation and maintenance for the renewable energy systems that we offer.
  • Business type: manufacturer, service
  • Product types: large hydro-powered electric generators (> 50 kW), microhydro electric generators, hydro energy components, hydro turbines.
  • Service types: system design
  • Address: 97 Eck Circle • Williamsport, PA 17701
  • Telephone: (877) 371-1441
  • FAX: (570) 321-5439

Millwright Mechanicial Inc.

  • Business type: Service, Fabracation, Consulting, Failure Analysis, Process Safety, Management
  • Product types: hydroelectric turbines (small)15 MW or less.
  • Service types: construction, contractor services, maintenance and repair services
  • Address: 3633 County Rd. 92 E., International Falls, Minnesota USA 56649 Telephone: 218-244-3513
  • FAX: 2182865691 E-mail: Send Email to Millwright Mechanicial Inc.

Micro Hydro

  • Business type: Turbine manufacturing and installation
  • Product types: hydroelectric turbines of all sizes including low head and high head turbines
  • Service types: construction, contractor services, maintenance and repair services E-mail: microhydropower@126.com

Nautilus Water Turbine

  • Business type: manufacturer, exporter, importer
  • Product types: Hydroelectric turbines (small). Hydro energy systems. Low Head Francis and Propeller Microturbines. High Head turgo and Pelton Turbines. 500 watts up to 200 kw. Heads from 4ft (1m) to 18ft (5.5m) for small outputs up to 3 kw. High heads up to 200 ft at 200kw..
  • Service types: consulting, design, site survey and assessment services, maintenance and repair services
  • Address: 2131 Harmonyville Rd., Pottstown, Pennsylvania USA 19465
  • Telephone: 610-469-1858
  • FAX: 610-469-1859

North American Hydro

  • Business type: manufacturer
  • Product types: hydro energy systems (large), hydro energy systems (small), hydro energy system components (large), hydro energy system components (small), hydroelectric turbines (large), hydroelectric turbines (small).
  • Service types: engineering, maintenance and repair services
  • Address: 1323 B Everest Avenue, Schofield, Wisconsin USA 54476
  • Telephone: 7153590209
  • FAX: 7153591049

Pyramid Solar

  • Business type: manufacturer, retail sales, wholesale supplier, importer
  • Product types: solar electric power systems, wind turbines (small), geothermal energy systems, water pumps, DC to AC power inverters, hydroelectric turbines (small).
  • Address: 5100 W.35 RD. P.o. box 808, Norwood, Colorado USA 81423
  • Telephone: 970-708-0454

Reliant Electric Inc.

  • Business type: retail sales
  • Product types: photovoltaic systems, wind energy system components (small), backup power systems, hydroelectric turbines (small), solar electric power systems, solar tracking systems.
  • Address: 7730 Morro Road #205, Atascadero, California USA 93422
  • Telephone: 1-805-466-3596

Rentricity

  • Business type: Solution and Service
  • Product types: hydroelectric turbines (small) monitoring and security.
  • Address: P.O. Box 1021 Planetarium Station, New York, New York USA 10024
  • Telephone: 732-319-4501

SolarElectric.com

  • Business type: retail sales, wholesale supplier Product types: batteries, photovoltaic PV modules, small wind-powered electric generators, small hydro powered electric generators, microhydro electric generators, wind turbine towers. Address: P.O. Box 339, Redway, California USA 95560 Telephone: 1 (707) 923-2277 / 1 (800) 777-6609 FAX: 1 (707) 923-3009

Southern Energy Solutions

  • Business type: retail sales
  • Product types: Photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar thermal water heating systems, DC to AC power inverters, wind energy systems (small).
  • Address: 2010 Country Squire Road, Marietta, Georgia USA 30062
  • Telephone: 770-973-6298
  • FAX: 770-565-4521

The James Leffel & Co.

  • Business type: manufacturer, service
  • Product types: small to medium size hydro turbines.
  • ervice types: installations and inspections
  • Address: 1978 Commerce Circle, Springfield, Ohio USA 45504
  • Telephone: 937-322-0116 FAX: 937-322-0467

Veterans Energy Technologies, Inc.

  • Business type: manufacturer, wholesale distribution, retail sales
  • Product types: Solarola alternative energy mobile power systems, pv systems, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines (small), hydroelectric generators (small),inverters, charge controllers, battery monitors, solar panel mounting systems, wind turbine towers, solar kits for RVs and boats, wind measuring equipment.
  • Service types: design and assembly, equipment sales and service, installation
  • Address: 31 Carry Way, Suite G, Mound House, Nevada USA 89706
  • Telephone: 775-246-9948
  • FAX: 530-267-8188

Water Alchemy Enterprises

  • Business type: retail sales
  • Product types: hydro energy systems (small), hydroelectric turbines (small), hydro energy system components (small), hydro energy systems (large), hydroelectric turbines (large), hydro energy system components (large).
  • Service types: consulting, design, installation, construction, engineering, project development services, site survey and assessment services, maintenance and repair services
  • Address: 172043 Hwy 101, Forks, Washington USA 98331
  • Telephone: (360)379-6957 ext.178
Finding the Best
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New Products
Harris Water Turbine

The multiple nozzle arrangement allows much more water to impact the runner resulting in greater output at any head, and more usable power at lower heads. Multi-nozzle systems include a PVC penstock and individual ball valves on each nozzle. The pelton type runner is lost wax cast of silicon bronze. The wheel is 70 - 90% efficient, depending on nozzle size and head pressure. The bucket shape allows high efficiency for nozzles and provides a flow range of over 100/1. $1640 from Harris Hydroelectric.

Water Factbook
The use of hydroelectricity is growing. Today 6.6% of the total electrical generation of the U.S. comes from hydro systems.  In Canada 20% of the energy comes from hyrdro.

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