Contractor tests equipment to redevelop 1.5-MW Harris Mill

Viking Power Services Inc. has received a contract from New England Alternative Energy Corp. to advise on replacement, repair, or refurbishment of a generator and turbine at the 1.5-MW Harris Mill hydroelectric project.

Viking, of Manalapan, N.J., said Oct. 10 it would begin testing and design work immediately for recommissioning of the mothballed hydro project at Harris Mill in Coventry.

Gov. Donald Carcieri previously announced plans to develop a new $1.5 million hydro project at Harris Mill, on the Pawtuxet River. It is part of a program to increase the amount of renewable energy produced in Rhode Island. (HNN 9/12/06)

Rhode Island Construction Services Inc. of Johnston, R.I., is developing Harris Mill with the help of a loan from the state’s Renewable Energy Fund, private equity, and a bank loan.

Viking said it would carry out insulation testing of the existing generator and would evaluate the maximum torque that can be generated by water flow, based on measurements provided by NEAE, of Johnston, R.I. From that work, Viking said it would advise NEAE on replacement, repair, or refurbishment of the generator and turbine.

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