Gravity Renewables acquires Glendale, Texon small hydroelectric facilities in U.S.

Gravity Renewables has acquired the 1.14-MW Glendale small hydro project in Stockbridge, Mass., and the 1.5-MW Texon small hydroelectric project in Russell, Mass.

Gravity notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of the change in ownership for Texon earlier this week. FERC granted the transfer of the Glendale facility to a Gravity affiliate last month. Both facilities were previously owned by Littleville Power Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America.

“We are excited to expand our geographic footprint into Massachusetts with the addition of Glendale and Texon facilities,” said Ted Rose, chief executive officer of Gravity. “Gravity looks for historic projects which can be preserved to provide continued economic value and clean power to the local region. These facilities fit that bill.”

Glendale contains five turbine-generator units and is located on the Housatonic River. Its powerhouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its engineering and industrial uses dating back to 1900.

Texon contains a single turbine-generator unit and is on the Westfield River.

Both facilities have been recognized by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, Gravity says.

Gravity owns, operates and develops small hydroelectric power plants. The company has more than 40 MW of hydro operating and under development in the U.S.

In May, Gravity announced it had acquired the 2.16-MW Quinebaug-Five Mile Pond project in Connecticut and the 3.7-MW Moomaws plant in Virginia.

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