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

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
September 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
October 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Latest Articles

Harvest Notes 2018

At 10,500 feet we are grateful for any harvest we may produce.  This year we had the largest harvest in our history and expanded the raised beds while continuing soil development.  As a non-profit organization we are sincerely thankful for the help we receive from the...

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Healing Plants – Strawberries

One of the most delectable native plant foods has to be the strawberry (Fragaria spp).  A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), strawberry covers the understory of the forest with its creeping rhizomes shooting out laterally in search of more habitat.  Like roses they...

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Fire and Water Quality

Forest fires, as we saw recently, in South Park with the Weston Pass fire can be traumatic for people, livestock, wildlife, soil health, and water quality.  People discussed charred pine needles dropping out of the sky like rain.   Fire can be life threatening,...

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The Importance of Environmental Education

Our future leaders need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges and it is our role as educators, parents, and the community to properly prepare them to inherit this earth. This requires a commitment on all our parts when it comes to providing Environmental Education...

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Contact Us

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

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