Specialists in run-of-river hydro systems in southern Africa
Our facilities require little or no reservoir capacity and only divert a portion of stream flow
HydroSA is focused on the economic and social development that our projects can bring to the local communities
HydroSA (Pty) Ltd was established in 2007 is a South African owned and operated hydro electric company. Our core business is to develop run-of-river hydro projects in southern Africa.
HydroSA projects don't resemble conventional hydro electric facilities at all. Instead, our facilities divert only a portion of stream flow, leaving plenty of water to protect fish and wildlife, as well as allow for recreational uses. Additionally, our set ups allow high water flows to pass freely downstream and perform important ecosystem functions. Essentially, a run-of-river hydro electric facility uses the flow of a stream as it naturally occurs. Therefore, this type of facility requires little or no reservoir capacity for water storage, meaning we build no dams.
HydroSA, along with our partner Hydro Tasmania, has recently commenced construction of the Kakamas Hydro Electric Power (KHEP) project. This is a 10MW hydro project on the Orange River near Kakamas, and was awarded under the SA Department of Energy REIPPP programme. KHEP is scheduled for completion towards the beginning of 2015.
In total, HydroSA currently has 80MW of projects under development.
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