Recently developed innovative technologies in the field of small and micro hydropower systems have opened the renewable energy potential of Colorado’s water resources to municipalities, organizations and individuals for whom the benefits of hydropower were previously financially impractical.
Zancanella and Associates, in conjunction with High Country Hydro, Inc. provide development and sales of small hydropower plants. The site assessment, feasibility studies, licensing, design and development of hydroelectric facilities are offered, as well as maintenance and operation of these facilities.
Ruedi Hydroelectric Power Plant (5,000 KW), Ruedi Reservoir, Colorado – Local operation and maintenance since 1985. Includes coordination with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, General Electric, and several utility companies. Owned by the City of Aspen, CO, High Country Hydro is subcontracted to General Electric Company. (Robert Covington, Water Resources/Hydroelectric Supervisor, City of Aspen, CO)
Basalt Hydroelectric Power Plant (41 KW), Basalt, Colorado – Feasibility, FERC license completion, design, construction observation, and start up. Town of Basalt, CO. (Mike Owens, Public Works Director, Town of Hotchkiss, CO)
Maroon Creek Hydroelectric Power Plant (450 KW), Aspen, Colorado – Consulting, design, construction management and plant start up. City of Aspen, Aspen, CO. (Robert Covington, Water Resources/Hydroelectric Supervisor, City of Aspen, CO)
Zilm Hydroelectric Power Plant (15 KW), Glenwood Springs, Colorado – Testing and evaluation of existing system resulting in replacement of turbine and intake and bypass piping. Power calculations were performed, and evaluated for efficiency and compared to the original turbine as part of a settlement process.
Chaney Hydroelectric Power Plant (1.5 KW), New Castle, Colorado – Harris micro-hydro power system for a large residence including a battery storage system for peak demands.
Hotchkiss Hydroelectric Power Plant (60 KW), Hotchkiss, Colorado – Feasibility, FERC license, design, construction observation, and start up. Hotchkiss Hydropower Corporation, Glenwood Springs, CO. (Mike Owens, Public Works Director, Town of Hotchkiss, CO)
Cedaredge Hydroelectric Power Plant (95 KW), Cedaredge, Colorado – Feasibility, FERC license, design, construction observation, and start up.