The Low Impact Hydropower Institute recently announced it had recertified the Ware River Project through its low-impact certification program. The certification term is from Aug. 24, 2019 to Aug. 23, 2024.
The 1.87-MW Ware River Project, owned by Ware River Power Inc., consists of two dams and five turbine-generator units within a half mile of each other on the Ware River in Ware, Mass. A sixth minimum flow unit was installed in 2020. Ware Upper Dam falls 34 feet and features two powerhouses containing four units. Ware Lower Dam falls 16 feet, and the powerhouse contains a regular unit and the minimum flow unit. Altogether, this run-of-river project generates 5,000 MWh of electricity annually.
LIHI originally certified the project in March 2010, for a term from Aug. 24, 2009 to Aug. 24, 2014. In December 2015, LIHI recertified the project for another five-year term, effective Aug. 24, 2014 and expiring Aug. 24, 2019.
LIHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of hydropower projects that have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts pursuant to the institute’s criteria. The voluntary LIHI program is designed to help consumers identify environmentally sound, low-impact hydropower facilities. Certification under the program means the owner can market the project as a certified low-impact facility.