El Dorado Hills Hydroelectric firm aids in long-terms savings for water ratepayers
(Sutter Creek) An “in-line” hydroelectric project designed to produce power for Amador Water Agency facilities and save AWA ratepayers future electricity costs is moving forward after AWA Directors agreed to pay for design and permitting work by N-Line Energy, an El Dorado Hills-based hydroelectric engineering firm.
A small turbine, installed inside a large Water Agency pipeline at the Tanner Water Treatment plant at Agency headquarters in Sutter Hill, will generate power as water runs through the pipe. Generated electricity is projected to match the electrical demand of the Tanner water treatment plant and the AWA administration office and maintenance buildings, currently costing about $73,000 per year.
It is estimated there will be no out-of-pocket costs to the Water Agency and ratepayers for the project construction costs of $1.45 million, which would be paid by power cost savings, a low interest loan from Amador County and a PG&E incentive grant.
“We will be paying less for debt service on this project than we would for electricity just a few years after start up,” said General Manager Gene Mancebo.
A second in-line turbine also has been proposed for the Ione pipeline at the Ione Reservoir. That project would ...
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Company website: http://www.nlineenergy.com/
About N Line Energy:
NLine Energy, Inc., is a renewable energy development company that has developed a process to convert wasted energy found in water transmission and distribution systems into renewable energy. Our Water To Energy Recovery System (WATERSSM) produces renewable electricity, while providing automatic control and reporting features. Renewable electricity can be used for onsite purposes or sold to the utility. In-conduit hydroelectric projects provide technical, financial and environmental benefits to water agencies, utilities and ratepayers.