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This page includes sustainable hydropower projects, not necessarily large hydro projects


Projects for Small Hydroelectric Power Stations

The Greek authorities decided to launch projects for small-scale hydroelectric power stations as part of the European Union supported programme for developing RESs. The private sector, which was given financial incentives to implement the projects, contributed 55% of the total cost. The nine projects were completed successfully in the 1994-1999 period, with a total installed power of 11.5 megawatts, are situated in the departments of Ioannina (Anatoliki, Anthochori, Mikro Peristeri and Distrato), Arta (Theodoriana), Karditsa (Vatsounia), Serres (Agkistro) and Laconia (Selegoudi). The energy targets of these plants have been largely achieved. The construction work created temporary local employment and led to 12 permanent jobs. 
The Anatoliki micro power station in Epirus is fairly typical of these smaller plants. It has an installed capacity of 700 kilowatts, for an output of 460 litres/second, and achieves an annual electricity production target of four gigawatts. Difficult meteorological and geological conditions and obstacles delayed the completion of a connecting line with the electricity mains until late 1999. 
However, the implementation of these projects, despite the difficulties, has promoted the transfer of experience and encouraged new applications for licences to build and run small hydroelectric power stations.

Time period: 1994-1999
Total project cost: 17,190,000 EUR
EU contribution: 5,800,000 EUR

More information:
- European Commission regional policy website: Link
- Ministry of Development website
(in Greek)


2007-2013 Period:

Update: May 2010

Support for solar energy under the period of 2007-2013 period.

In the first part of the 2007-2013 period there were 4 approved small hydro-power projects.
Detailed informations about the projects are in the Table (pdf 101 kB).

More information and related links can be found in country page on
Hungary 2007-13.

2004-2006 Period:

In 2004-2006, the Hungarian Ministry approved one small hydro-power project co-financed with SF:

Project: Small Hydro Power Plant on the Raba
Beneficiary: Hydro Power Consulting Hungary ltd
Place: Kenyeri (Vas, West Hungary)
EU contribution: ~1.2 Million

More information and related links can be found in country page on Hungary 2004-06.


Madeira Develops Hydropower for Use All Year Round

The Socorridos existing hydroelectric station has been transformed into a reversible system with pumps, storage gallery and tunnels covering all the island. It allows water and energy production all year round regardless rainfall, making them more reliable resources for general use and irrigation and minimising water loss. Main benefits were felt in Funchal and Camara de Lobos (50% Madeira´s population) allowing expansion of tourism sector.

Time period: 2004 - 2007
EU contribution: 17,300,000 EUR

More information:
- European Commission regional policy website: Link
- Socorridos power station website, EEM
(in Portuguese)

Making the Sea Our Servant, Not Our Master

The project was achieved by the Wave Energy Center through EU funding, the Portuguese Goverment and financial support from energy suppliers EDP and EDA. The first period was focussed on supplying a small power grid with wave power with an experimental power station in Pico Island, a region identified as having the maximum natural advantages for wave power. Although it experienced some technical problems to work satisfactorily, from 2008 to 2010 with support from technical partners and own finantiation, it has achieved autonomous full-rated-power operation by early 2010. Pico station, the most important asset for the WavEC has generated the most energy of any wave-based device in Europe.

Time period: 1992-1999 and 2005-2007
EU contribution: 2,000,000 EUR

More information:
- European Commission regional policy website: Link
- Wave Energy Center


2004-2006 Period:
Small hydro power plants have a long tradition in Slovakia. Due to the good geographical conditions there are dozens hundreds of such facilities in  operation. Many of them running more than 60 years now. In 2005, the Slovak Ministry of Economy approved 5 small hydro power oriented projects for funding from SF:

  1. Project title: Small Hydro Power Plant Svrckova.
    Beneficiary:  Anna Chorvátová ALFA ,  district of Zilina
    Allocated grant: 4.19 mil. SKK (1EUR = 37.5 SKK)
  2. Project title: Completion of Small Hydro Power Plant Podluzany on the river Nitra (km 84,7).
    Beneficiary:  Stevanka Ondrej , district of Nitra
    Allocated grant: 15.18 mil. SKK (1EUR = 37.5 SKK)
  3. Project title: Reconstruction of Small hydro Power Plant - PRAVEL.
      PRAVEL spol. s r.o., district of Kosice
    Allocated grant: 3.96 mil. SKK (1EUR = 37.5 SKK)
  4. Project title: Construction f Small hydro Power Plant “Ruzbasská Mí?ava - I. phase.
    :  ROTOR spol. s r.o., district of Presov
    Allocated grant: 59.42 mil. SKK (1EUR = 37.5 SKK)
  5. Project title: Construction of Small hydro Power Plant on the river Vah.
    Beneficiary:  Dmi TRADE s.r.o., district of Zilina
    Allocated grant: 44.36 mil. SKK (1EUR = 37.5 SKK)
  6. Project title: Construction of Small hydro Power Plant Tren?ianske Biskupice.
      ENERGO-AQUA a.s., district of Trencin
    Allocated grant: 32.63 mil. SKK (1EUR = 37.5 SKK)

More information and related links can be found in country page on Slovak Republic.



  • Wave Dragon - Wave Energy Power Plant
The Wave Dragon project is to construct, test, monitor and refine a novel renewable wave energy technology at a full scale in a marine environment with the aim of commencing fully commercial developments on the project site, elsewhere around the coast of Wales and worldwide.

Approved: May 2006
Project Cost: £3,240,800 (~ 5 Million EUR)
ERDF Grant: £755,020 (~ 1.1 Million EUR)
Sponsor Name: Wave Dragon Wales Ltd
Partnership: Pembroke shire

More information on the Welsh European Funding Office website here and in the website of the project.

  • Llechwedd Hydro Project

The aim of the project is to develop a sustainable renewable energy and water management scheme, whilst providing employment and economic opportunities in a recognized deprived rural area of North West Wales. The envisaged scheme involves replacing two existing D/C power units with new modern hydropower A/C plants. The project also includes upgrading the water management system and key infrastructure improvements in order to maximize the energy resource; and to provide connection to the National grid. When complete the project will achieve a power output of approximately 2,400MW hours of renewable energy electricity per annum, which will be exported to the National grid.

Approved: March 2006
Project Cost: £709,422 (~ 1 Million EUR)
ERDF Grant: £195,947 (~ 0.3 Million EUR)
Sponsor Name: J.W. Greaves and Sons Limited
Partnership: Gwynedd

More information on the Welsh European Funding Office website:Link


Eigg Goes Green

The island of Eigg, in Scotland, decided to change its source of energy to renewable systems. Now, they generate 95% of the energy they consume by renewable sources, mainly hydroelectric, wind and solar energy.

Time period:
EU Contribution: 667,770 EUR

More information on the European Commission regional policy website and in the website of the Scottish Government.

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