Micro Hydroelectric Power

Micro Hydro Power in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Micro hydro technology uses a waterwheel, known as a turbine, to convert the energy of moving water into mechanical energy which is then converted into electricity. Micro hydro power systems can provide continuous, cost-effective power night and day given the right conditions.

Sundance serves residential customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee—a region that includes thousands of miles of streams and rivers. If your site meets the requirements for elevation drop and water flow,  a microhydro system could be an option for you. Depending on your energy objectives, and the size of your stream, Sundance can provide a microhydro system that connects to your electric utility (‘grid-tied’) to reduce or offset your energy bills, or we can provide a system that offers you complete independence from your utility (‘off-grid’).

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Advantages of a Micro Hydroelectric System

  • Micro hydro can be used in both off-grid and grid-connected systems.
  • In wooded sites, where solar is not possible, micro hydro may be a renewable energy option.
  • Micro hydro is a long-lasting and robust technology – systems can last for 50 years or more with appropriate upkeep

Sundance also designs and installs solar and wind energy systems for homes and businesses. We can help you determine which renewable energy solution works best for you!

How Micro Hydro Works

A micro hydroelectric system works by capturing the energy of flowing water in streams.. The water rotates a turbine or waterwheel, which spins a generator, converting the energy of the water into electricity. This electricity can be connected to either an off grid or grid-tied system. A well-designed micro hydroelectric system is environmentally sensitive, harnessing the energy of a stream or river without harming natural systems. Permitting may be required by the US Army Corps of Engineers, especially if the stream supports fish populations.

Learn more about how micro hydro works.

Custom Micro Hydro Design for Your Site

Sundance will work with you to create a micro hydro system that makes good use of the water resources on your land, providing a cost-saving energy source while protecting the environment. Our five-step design process begins with a site visit, followed by a load analysis, so we can start designing a system that will work for your home or other structures. We can also guide you through the various tax incentives and financing options available to  cover the upfront costs of your micro hydro system.