Put a Micro-Hydro on your property
A Micro-hydro system can be an efficient way to access sustainable power 24hrs a day, if you have a property that has a water course with a significant drop in height ('Head') between the water source and the location of the turbine.
Rainbow Power Company has a variety of different types of Micro hydro turbines for most applications. There are two basic types of system:
- A Reaction turbine that is submerged in the river. This type of turbine has the disadvantage in that it is subject to damage from anything floating down the river i.e. logs.
- An Impulse turbine which is placed out of the water course and water is piped to and from the turbine. This can be placed a 'safe' distance from the water course, however it requires some planning on how the water will be piped to the turbine.
In both cases pipe and cable costs are an important factor and may be more than the turbine costs. In most cases some sort of works will need to be carried out in order to supply water to your turbine. This may be a weir, a dam or concrete pads to hold a hydro turbine down.
You may need approval or licenses from the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Some works can be done without approvals or licenses required. To find out what your options are we have provided some links to the NSW Department of Primary Industries website’s, which will give you information and applications on water use in NSW.
Water Management Act 2000
Water Management (General) Regulation 2011:
The following excerpt from the Water Management Regulation 2011 (made under the Water Management Act 2000) indicates that home owners are exempt from requiring an access licence for the purpose of using a water source (ie: hydro) to power a domestic dwelling.
Each water sharing plan is unique, however, and we would suggest that you contact your local licensing officer or the `NSW Office of Water´ on 1800 353 104 before commencing.
If you are going to be sharing your creek or hydro operation with others, it's important you get clear before any dispute might occur. Here's a few more titbits from the Water Management Act 2000:
Rainbow Power Company can design and install the micro-hydro system to suit you. Please note: we cannot fill in applications for licence approvals.