Natel Energy is a pioneering water and energy company in Alameda, California, dedicated to advancing hydropower technology to make it more environmentally friendly, cost-effective and flexible enough to be a go-to source of power for operators in rivers of all sizes throughout the U.S. and around the world. With a name appropriately coined from the phrase “natural electric,” Natel is focused on enabling a distributed or decentralized hydropower model featuring a large number of smaller projects, as opposed to the current approach of huge centralized dams which tend to be damaging to wildlife and the adjacent ecosystem. Founded by Gia and Abe Schneider, siblings who gained a deep appreciation for the power of rivers and the beauty of their ecosystems during family camping and fishing trips as children, Natel is successfully advancing their vision of “Restoration Hydro,” combining low environmental impact with high economic value—a boon to organizations looking to decarbonize their operations further and transition to a low or zero-carbon grid.
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The company will install up to 90 of its Restoration Hydro Turbines at three non-powered dams
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Sept. 28, 2021 — Natel Energy, a supplier of sustainable hydropower solutions, announced today it will develop, finance and construct three non-powered dam sites along Louisiana’s Red River in partnership with Nelson Energy, a Minneapolis-based firm that has successfully developed and licensed over $250 million of hydroelectric projects in the U.S. With Nelson Energy as an advisory partner, Natel will install between 60 and 90 of its flagship product, the Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT), to retrofit three existing dams and add 80 MW of renewable power to the grid — enough energy to power 35,960 average US homes each year.