• Nadarivatu Hydroelectric Scheme

    Cutting down on diesel through hydropower

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  • Tafitoala-Fausaga Hydropower Project

    Supporting Samoa’s 2025 renewable energy goal

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  • Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

    An existing flood control dam upgraded with a powerhouse

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Size isn’t everything when it comes to hydropower

Our team works on a full range of hydropower project sizes—and we measure schemes in terms of the impact they have on the communities we serve. It’s more about the legacy a project leaves behind than its size.

As a premier global hydropower consultant, Stantec provides high-quality assistance for all elements of small hydro project development, from conceptual project design and cost estimates to preparation of final designs to construction management services. We are well versed in the regulatory and agency requirements for licensing, permitting, and constructing small hydro plants. 

That experience also translates to time- and cost-saving solutions for our clients. Understanding the economics associated with small hydro plants, we can provide cost-effective design solutions as well as knowledge in financing and procurement.

From sizing and selecting power-generating equipment to evaluating transmission and interconnection requirements, from calculating expected energy and developing conceptual powerhouse configurations to preparing cost estimates, our engineers are familiar with all aspects required for the development of small hydro power plants.

Our team has used our long-term, continuous position in the industry to provide hydropower owners and developers with leadership in the assessment of their facilities and confidence in making decisions for utilizing their energy resources to power their communities. 

Adding Hydropower to a Dam at Red Rock

The Stantec team is leading the design team, adding hydropower, and ensuring the safety of the community at the existing Red Rock Dam in Pella, Iowa.

Going small shouldn't break the bank

We understand and appreciate the critical dependence on cost-effective equipment, standardized design, and straightforward construction procedures to make small hydropower efficient and affordable. Our experts have relationships with small hydro manufacturers that help customize assets so our clients’ projects are functional and energy efficient.
Expert Spotlight

Andrew Bird, Senior Hydropower Engineer, Asia Pacific Dams and Hydro Sector Leader

I love working proactively to solve problems with our clients and I am a firm believer in a best-for-project approach over the interests of companies or individuals.
Andrew Bird Senior Hydropower Engineer, Asia Pacific Dams and Hydro Sector Leader Read More

Robin Spittle , Hydropower Consultant

I haven’t stopped learning since I started working as a consultant. Every project provides a unique challenge and new lesson.

Donald Erpenbeck, Vice President, Power & Dams

I take pride in having a diverse skill set—I find there are way fewer surprises out there!
Donald  Erpenbeck Vice President, Power & Dams Read More

Craig Scott, Hydropower and Dams Sector Leader, UK & Europe

I recognise that with every project there are many stakeholders involved—from governmental entities down to individual users of the energy.
Craig Scott Hydropower and Dams Sector Leader, UK & Europe Read More

Rachael Bisnett, Principal, Water

I help develop flexible solutions that fit each site’s unique geological conditions.

Tom Kirk, Principal Hydro Mechanical Engineer

We will continue to advance the hydropower industry by truly understanding our clients’ needs while performing expanded, value-added services.
Tom Kirk Principal Hydro Mechanical Engineer Read More

Andrew Bird

Senior Hydropower Engineer, Asia Pacific Dams and Hydro Sector Leader

Robin Spittle

Hydropower Consultant

Donald  Erpenbeck

Vice President, Power & Dams

Craig Scott

Hydropower and Dams Sector Leader, UK & Europe

Rachael Bisnett

Principal, Water

Tom Kirk

Principal Hydro Mechanical Engineer


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