Bracebridge Generation inaugurates expanded Cascade Falls hydro plant

Canadian utility Bracebridge Generation Ltd. has completed a 1.9 MW expansion of its Cascade Falls Generation Station, upping the small hydropower plant’s total output capacity to 3.1 MW.

The project is located on the Seguin River in Parry Sound, Ontario, and has been operating since 1919. Plans to upgrade the facility have been in planning since 2003, before then-owner Parry Sound PowerGen merged into Bracebridge Generation in 2014.

The US$13.3 million expansion was officially inaugurated during a ceremony earlier today that included officials from the local government, the Wasauksing First Nation, industry partners, community members and the Ontario Waterpower Association.

“This project is an excellent example of getting more out of what we have,” said OWA President Paul Norris. “With the need for more and more reliable electricity less than a decade away, the province should be encouraging ‘Made in Ontario’ waterpower investment now.”

The look of the upgraded plant was important for Bracebridge Generation, which relied on an aesthetic advisory committee of Parry Sound residents to guide the design process.

Bracebridge Generation said it overcame several obstacles in completing the project, including dewatering, town infrastructure and maintaining progress through Ontario’s winter conditions.

Providing services for the expansion were Norcan Hydraulic Turbine Inc., Eaton Electrical Engineering Services & Systems, Maple Reinders Constructors and WSP Canada Inc.

“This was an extremely satisfying achievement since we were able to work with the community on the aesthetics, invest millions of dollars locally, and generate green power for the local community, said Chris Litschko, CEO of Bracebridge Generation parent company Lakeland Holding. “I am proud of our staff and the community for working successfully together to create this beautiful generation plant.”

The Cascade Falls hydro plant is one of 11 control structures and dams operated by Bracebridge Generation under its Seguin River Water Management Plan.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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