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.