HPNET training on community-scale hydro mini-grids successfully kicked-off

The Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) has successfully kicked-off its free virtual training on the Fundamentals of Community-Scale Hydro Mini-Grids. The course is supported by Skat Foundation through the International Programme co-funding of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

In an iterative, self-paced format, the 6-week online training will focus on the technical and local enterprise aspects of community hydro systems (< 1MW), comprising a total of 6 modules:

  • Orientation to Hydro Mini-Grids
  • Social Enterprise Models for Mini-Grids
  • Demand Assessment
  • Water Resource Assessment
  • Terrain Assessment
  • Power Output Design

The course was designed to provide a solid knowledge base to beginners but also to serve as a refresher for participants with previous knowledge/experience on sustainable community-scale hydropower implementation.

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The training also integrates the SEEED (Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development) Accelerator programme of HPNET, which supports practitioners and communities to customise proven sustainability mechanisms to local contexts, fostering climate resilience and socio-economic co-benefits through community-scale hydro.

More information on the course is available here.