Ouray Hydro Project
Bob Risch, mayor of the mountain community of Ouray, Colorado realized that an abandoned water supply pipeline created an opportunity to save money for the City and offset the electricity load for the nearby City-owned Hot Springs Pool. With support from a $30,000 grant from the Colorado Governor's Energy Office, the City completed installation of a 20-kilowatt hydro plant. The plant utilizes a recycled Pelton turbine manufactured in 1909.
Silverton Hydro Project
The San Juan County Historical Society, based in Silverton, Colorado, built an 11-kilowatt hydro plant utilizing excess water flow available from an existing water supply pipeline to the historic Mayflower Mill. The project utilizes a recycled railroad building as a powerhouse.
Humphreys Hydro Project
Ruthie Brown built a 310-kilowatt hydro plant utilizing head created by an existing 90-foot-tall concrete arch dam at Humphreys Ranch near Creede, Colorado. The project was completd with support from a $300,000 grant from the USDA and utilizing recycled pipe for the penstock.
Tri-County Water Hydro Project
Grand Lake Hydro Project
The Town of Grand Lake built a 7-kilowatt project inside their water treatment plant taking advantage of excess pressure available from the existing incoming water supply line. The project received grant support from the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority.
The Hotchkiss project helps veterinarian and farmer Susan Raymond use water already flowing in her irrigation pipeline to generate electricity to offset that used by her veterinary practice and alfalfa operation. When the water is not being used to feed her three center-pivot sprinklers, it flows through the 8-kilowatt hydropower generator attached to the pipeline. The project received grant support through the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program program, the USDA Rural Energy for America Program and the Delta Conservation District.
OURAY TURBINE AND GENERATOR
GRAND LAKE TURBINE AND GENERATOR