1-MW Elora small hydroelectric powerhouse enters commercial operation in Ontario

The 1-MW Elora small hydroelectric facility is beginning commercial operation, having been commissioned earlier in 2017 on the Grand River in Ontario, Canada.

The powerhouse, in Wellington County, contains a single crossflow turbine-generator unit supplied by Ossberger. The unit is able to operate from 5% to 100% of its total capacity, Ossberger says, which will result in higher annual energy production for the site compared with choosing a smaller unit. In addition, the unit is installed well above the tailwater level, thus saving on excavation costs, according to Ossberger.

The run-of-river facility was developed by Shaman Power, and electricity is being sold to Ontario Power Authority under a fixed-term power purchase agreement.

The new facility took advantage of an existing weir that the Grand River Conservation Authority refurbished a couple of years ago. The project is located where a 1911 power plant was situated, and was built using the footprint of the old structures, such as the canal and powerhouse building.

Shaman develops and operates hydroelectric plants in Ontario.

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