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I have a home in the mountains of NC with a small stream. I do not know the flow, but could dam it upfor constant, level flow. Question is this. Is there a unit that pays for itself with minimum maintanance that is safe and dependable?

 

 

 

 

Does anyone have experience with a residentail hydro system? and have a stream

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 I'm planning on building one this spring.  I'll record my process and post it in the forum when I start it.

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I never thought about water but every time I turn the water on at home it runs out at 60 to 80 psi wonder how much the city could regain on the whole town water generation 

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Micro hydro is, not surprisingly, the hardest of the renewable energy technologies for the home to really answer your question - it really depends on the flow of that stream and the distance to your home, with the former being most key.  That said, there is often an inverse relationship between cost and the size of the stream or brook, which helps with cost recover time.  Ballpark with these systems is 2-5 years until payback is reached - much longer and it may not be worthwhile.

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