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A Guide to Micro Hydro Development in BC
Why is BC Hydro Promoting Micro Hydro?
How is BC Hydro Promoting Micro Hydro?
Key Components of Micro Hydro Development
1. Plan Development
Define the Purpose and Vision of the Project
Develop A Business Plan
Water Licensing and Crown Land Access
Establishing Preliminary Cost Estimates
Project Financing
Grid Interconnection and Energy Sales
2. Site Selection
Choosing a Micro Hydro Site
What to Look For In a Hydro Site?
How Much Energy Can Be Produced?
BC Hydro’s Green Energy Criteria
What is Green?
Determining the Feasibility of Developing a Site
Determining Site Hydrology
Topographic Maps
Streamflow Data
Water Quality
Interconnection Cost Considerations
Water Licenses
Access to Crown Land
3. Costs and Financing
Initial Costs
Construction Costs
Annual Costs
Project Evaluation
Methods of Project Financing
Identifying Sources of Funding
Debt and Equity
Sources of Equity Funding
Sources of Debt Funding
Applying for Project Financing
Term Sheet and Refundable Deposit
Commitment Fee
Offer of Finance
Detailed Loan Documentation
Legal Counsel and the Loan Documents
Operation of the Loan During Construction
Conditions Precedent to the first Draw
Components of Draw Requests
The Review Engineer
Operation of the Loan After Construction
Reporting and Review
Summary of Financing Requirements
4. Permitting Process
Obtaining the Necessary Permits and Licenses
Approvals Checklist
Water Licenses & Crown Land Applications
Step 1: Submission of Application
Step 2: Review of Application by LWBC
Step 3: Preparation of Development Plan
Step 4: Review of Development Plan
Step 5: Project Review
Step 6: Preparation of Summary Report
Step 7: Decision on Application
Step 8: Construction of Project
Step 9: Operation of Project
Step 10: Monitoring of Project
Water Rentals & Fees
Crown Land Tenure Type
Crown Land Lease or License of Occupation
Crown Land Sale
First Nations Consultation
5. Grid Interconnection and Energy Sales
BC Hydro’s Interconnection Process
Energy Sales
Information Requirements
Agreement Terms and Conditions
Other Energy Sales Options
Pre-Construction Inventory
Construction Considerations
Construction Timing
Materials Supply
Construction Permits and Inspections
Environmental Management Plans
Getting it Built
Who Should Do the Work?
Construction Contracts
Form of Construction Contracts
Do-It-Yourself Designing & Building
Project Management
Design Considerations
Managing OMS
Other Annual Costs
Appendix A: Literature Review
Appendix B: Overview of Acts & Regulations
Appendix C: Interconnection Requirements
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