Sustainable Energy

MICRO-HYDRO

A micro-hydro energy production system uses the natural flow of water and can produce more than 8,000 kWh per year if the flow of water is sufficient and year round. Pressure generated by water dropping vertically results in a reliable resource for energy; micro-hydro systems divert this moving water in a pipe or flume and convert it to electricity by employing a turbine. Micro-hydro energy is very valuable, as it is usually available 24-7, as opposed to solar or wind power, and even a small stream can produce significant energy.

Beaver Ponds EEC utilizes Sacramento Creek to power a low-impact, impulse style micro-hydro turbine. The Power Spout Pelton wheel micro-hydro turbine is located about 15 feet below and 600 feet downstream from its water source in an existing beaver pond. The turbine receives enough “head pressure” to generate a continuous 0.15 kW when in operation. Due to Beaver Ponds location, we can only take advantage of Sacramento Creek’s energy for 6 months of the year because of the freezing of the creek during the winter.

Events & Programs

Winters are wonderful at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - March Friday Sessions
March 1, 8, 15, 22 - 9am to 1pm
COST: $150 per child for all 4 Fridays
AGES 4-7
A nature immersion camp awakening a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.
Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art.
For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143,
visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!


SnowSchool at Beaver Ponds
March 16, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Winter Survival
COST: $35 per child  AGES 8-12

A magical morning of snow science and games while enjoying a snowshoe hike!

For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here
or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!

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PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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