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.

#GivingTuesday
November 27
#GivingTuesday pledge day for #ColoradoGivesDay on December 4th. How can you get involved in the fun of ‘fun’draising? Contact Amity Vargas, ED for more information at avargas@beaverponds.org or (719) 838-0143.


Beaver Ponds Winter Solstice Celebration
Saturday, December 22nd - 3:30pm - 7:30pm
FREE for all ages

Join us for an evening of sharing and learning under the full solstice moon. There will be seasonal crafts, live music, guided tours and so much more! Fun for the entire family.

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF filled with ALL the information you'll need for this festive event.


Open Ski & Snowshoe Days at Beaver Ponds
December 29th, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Come enjoy the unique beauty of Beaver Ponds the last Saturday of every month from December 29th, 2018 - March 30th, 2019. We are collecting our 2019 Liability Waivers. CLICK HERE to download the waiver. For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143. Or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!


Nature Immersion Programming Series
Engagement in the natural world and social interaction between peers and skilled mentors of nature and ancestral skills for youth. Schedule in development. Please contact Lori Whipple, YGC for more information at lwhipple@beaverponds.org or (719) 838-0143.


Snowschool Winter Program
winter-based curriculum to introduce kids to the joy of exploring winter wildlands. Schedule in development. Please contact Kristin Barrett, PC for more information at kbarrett@beaverponds.org or (719) 838-0143.

 

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

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