GVR Report cover U.S. Small Hydropower Market Size, Share & Trends Report

U.S. Small Hydropower Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Capacity (Up To 1 MW, 1-10 MW), By Type (Micro, Mini), By Component (Electromechanical Equipment, Civil Construction), And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-816-6
  • Number of Pages: 46
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The U.S. small hydropower market size was valued at USD 307.96 million in 2020 and is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.8% from 2021 to 2028. Increasing demand for renewable energy in the U.S. is expected to drive the market over the forecast period. The rising need to modernize small hydropower projects to promote power generation and extend the life of assets to cope with the ever-increasing demand for electricity is anticipated to fuel the market growth. Increasing greenhouse emissions due to the growing power consumption have prompted the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to adopt certain renewable energy measures.

U.S. small hydropower market size, by capacity, 2018 - 2028 (USD Million)

Furthermore, policies by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to encourage renewable sources of energy, coupled with the need to deliver energy in rural locations, are some favorable factors that are likely to lead to the growth of the market. Increasing concerns regarding climate change coupled with the dependency of the U.S. on foreign oil have emerged as the key drivers for the industry. The use of conventional sources of energy, such as various fossil fuels, is a major cause of the rising emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG), which are believed to be a key contributor to global warming.

Small Hydropower (SHP) generation plants use moving water to produce electricity. These plants are mainly installed on the existing water supply networks or small streams and rivers. Small hydropower plants can be operated with negligible impact on the environment. Supportive regulatory framework for supportable energy in the United States is likely to have a positive influence on market demand. Execution of favorable government regulations, such as the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act and Rural Jobs in the United States, along with an increasing number of funding programs related to the renewable energy sector are some of the factors, which are projected to present future growth prospects.

Capacity Insights

In terms of revenue, up to 1 MW capacity segment dominated the overall market with a revenue share of more than 60% in 2020. Up to 1 MW-capacity hydropower systems provide an almost 70% capacity execution rate. They are set up in geographical areas having flowing water through great mountain ranges and their foothills. They are either used as stand-alone systems or, more often, as systems feeding into the grid.

The hydropower system of 100 kW capacity is used to power the rural industries, small communities, or remote areas away from the grid. The 1 MW to 10 MW capacity hydropower plant is ideally used to generate power fed into the main grid. The negative environmental impact and cost saving offered in distribution & running costs provided by the small hydropower plants is expected to result in positive market growth for the segment over the forecast period.

Type Insights

The mini-hydropower segment dominated the market with a share of more than 64% in 2020. Mini hydropower systems usually generate in a range of 101 kW to 10 MW of electricity. Mini hydropower systems have started gaining traction due to the increased investments by the government to develop hydropower systems near various water reservoirs.

Moreover, the electric system is changing rapidly, and hydropower is considered a key source for electricity generation due to the easy availability of water from reservoirs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a 10-kW micro hydropower system can provide sufficient power for a hobby farm, a small resort, and a large home. Hence, hydropower systems can qualify as micro hydropower systems and are ideal for small business owners, including ranchers & farmers.

Component Insights

Based on component, the market is segmented into civil construction, electromechanical equipment, power infrastructure, and others. The civil construction component segment dominated the overall market in 2020 and accounted for the maximum revenue share of more than 31%. Civil construction witnessed a substantial share of project costs across all Small Hydropower Projects (SHPPs).

U.S. small hydropower market share, by component, 2020 (%)

Major small hydropower plants have a trash rack cleaning machine, which removes material from water and prevents it from entering the plant waterways and damaging the electromechanical equipment or reducing hydraulic performance. The others segment includes structural, engineering, project development, environmental mitigation, and management.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Major component suppliers for turbines are ANDRITZ and Gilkes. The key generator suppliers include Siemens Energy and Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA and the leading penstock providers are Canyon Hydro and ANDRITZ. The equipment is supplied to manufacturers, who assemble and partially develop some systems used in small hydropower plants. Some of the prominent players in the U.S. small hydropower market include:


  • Canyon Hydro

  • General Electric

  • Gilkes

  • Mavel, a.s.

  • Natel Energy

  • Siemens Energy

  • SNC-Lavalin Group

  • Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

  • Wärtsilä

U.S. Small Hydropower Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 304.51 million

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 344.93 million

Growth rate

CAGR of 1.8% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Capacity, component, type

Country scope


Key companies profiled

Siemens Energy; General Electric; Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA; Toshiba Corp.; Andritz; Natel Energy, Gilkes; SNC-Lavalin Group; Mavel, A.S.; Canyon Hydro; Wärtsilä

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at a country leveland provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the U.S. small hydropower market report on the basis of construction capacity, component, and type:

  • Capacity Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Up to 1 MW

    • 1 MW - 10 MW

  • Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Civil Construction

    • Electromechanical Equipment

    • Power Infrastructure

    • Others

  • Type Outlook (RevenueUSD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Mini Hydropower

    • Micro Hydropower

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