The Delta-Montrose Electric Association will unveil two brand new hydroelectric power plants along the South Canal this Friday. DMEA Communications Director Alex Shelly says the two hydroelectric power plants in South Canal may be new, but it’s an idea that’s been kicked around here for well over a century.
Shelley says that the two South Canal hydroelectric plants will generate an estimated 27-million kilowatt hours of electricity each year–enough to power several thousand homes annually.
The cost of the projects was roughly $22-million. Shelly says DMEA was able to lock into a low rate interest loan for the projects that will ultimately pay for themselves. The power plants are projected to save DMEA $2-million annually.
A Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be held at the site on Friday with tours between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.