What form does the participation process take, or which criteria does Alpiq EcoPower apply to select projects or participation options?
Choice of location: Gradients and water are a must. As a rule, the selected sites are not located in conservation areas. The use of water must be environmentally compatible. No structural or environmental killer criteria.
Energy business: power generation must be profitable. The benchmarks are the feed-in tariff (KEV) or the market price. For existing facilities, additional production volume must be achieved through renovation and upgrading.
Evaluation criteria for participations: technical, financial and legal aspects are assessed. The facilities must be a good portfolio fit. Local support is important.
Flexibility (involvement of existing owners): Alpiq is flexible. Owners can retain a share. For new facilities, partner models with municipalities and cantons are considered. The project must make business sense.
Strategic considerations: What makes sense? Which cooperation models/partners are possible?
Process for building new small hydro power stations:
Preliminary study (feed-in tariff/KEV)
Implementation / construction
Process for acquiring small hydro power stations:
Evaluation / provisional offer
Due Diligence (detailed audit), detailed evaluation and definitive offer
Contract signing / transaction
Process for renovating existing small hydro power stations:
Potential for expansion
Need for renovation
Assessment of profitability (KEV)