On the morning of Aug. 30 a field tour sponsored by the Delta Conservation District left the Delta County Fairgrounds in route to Powell Mesa. Its destination: A newly installed small-hydro power generation facility just north of Hotchkiss that has benefitted by years of work to enable inspection and approval of small hydropower facilities in Colorado.
The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association announces the completion of the Drop 5 hydroelectric plant. Contractors started testing the plant the week of Aug. 8 and commercial generation started Aug. 12.
The much-studied and eventually abandoned idea for a small hydropower generator driven by Orchard City's water plant inflows came up for discussion again by trustees on Aug. 10.
The agenda topic was prompted by a trustee invitation to Jim Heneghan, renewable energy engineer for DMEA.
A small hydropower project has been awarded a grant through the "Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency" (ACRE3) program. The project will generate electricity as water flows to the field through irrigation pipelines.
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