ORENCO Hydropower, Inc., develops small hydropower generation assets at existing dams and waterways that are low-cost and low-impact. The company assembles and manages a portfolio of hydro projects; and provides engineering, equipment procurement and financing for ongoing projects. Founded in 2010, ORENCO Hydropower brings together experts in hydro asset design and development, power markets, regulation and business strategy. In addition, key venture partners provide project financing.
Based in Palo Alto, California, ORENCO Hydropower builds upon the expertise, experience and international business relationships of ORENCO, Inc., begun in 1979. ORENCO provided the engineering, procurement and system integration for 46 small hydro projects in the U.S., China and Central America.
Hydro Turbines & Generators
We resell and integrate reliable Chinese turbines and generators (as well as associated valves and control systems) – at significant cost advantages. These pricing benefits are enabled by our unique, trusted relationships with leading Chinese suppliers, in place for over 30 years.
Engineering & Financing
We develop small 1-50MW hydropower projects at existing dams and waterways. Our team brings together the full range of expertise needed to develop projects – including asset selection, project design and optimization; permitting and licensing; development financing; and engineering, procurement and construction management.
Gas Reciprocating Engine
We also develop projects using very high efficiency gas reciprocating engines. These 5-8 MW units leverage low natural gas prices and a 49% efficiency to power well below retail rates, while protecting industrial and commercial customers against power outages.