The Semla IV project is a 3.5 MW project On the Kolbäcksån River in the northwest of Fagersta Municipality in southern Sweden. Semla IV consists of a combination of the replacement and rehabilitation of existing facilities, which were initially built in the early 20th century.
This assessment was carried out over the period October to December 2014, with an on-site assessment encompassing a visit to the project site and interviews with stakeholders conducted in the week beginning 10 November 2014. The Protocol assesses 20 topics and assigns scores for each between 1 and 5, with 5 representing Proven Best Practice and 3 representing Basic Good Practice.
Semla IV is a relatively small project, with limited environmental and social impacts. In many respects, maintaining the character of the river and its amenity value in this location requires the rehabilitation of the existing facilities. The performance of the project in relation to the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol reflects both E.ON’s well-established corporate policies and processes, and the small size of the project. Corporate policies and processes ensure that the project meets or exceeds basic good practice in all but one topics (P-10 Project Benefits), and in some meets proven best practice.