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Renewable energy benefits: Leveraging local capacity for small-scale hydropower

This latest edition of the IRENA Leveraging local capacity series explores the dynamic world of small-scale hydropower, offering insights into how this renewable energy source can be harnessed to spur economic growth and job creation, and enhance the well-being of communities.


In the pursuit of a sustainable energy future, small-scale hydropower is emerging as a transformative force with the potential to revolutionise the energy landscape while strengthening local capacities and capabilities.

This new comprehensive study focuses on the entire value chain of small-scale hydropower, from production and installation to operation. It highlights the critical role of human resources and skills, enabling informed decisions on domestic value creation opportunities to pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future.

The report also underscores the direct link between small-scale hydropower deployment and the betterment of local livelihoods, as well as its potential to empower communities, preserve watersheds and fortify collective resilience to climate change.