U.S. Awards $275G to CT Hydro Project

Dec 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Clean energy, Energy, hydroelectricity, Renewables
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded more than $8 million to hydroelectric power plant projects in Connecticut, Oregon, Utah, and Vermont under the Rural Energy for America Program.
The Historic Cargill Falls Mill in Putnam, Connecticut

The Historic Cargill Falls Mill in Putnam, Connecticut

$275,000 Granted to Putnam Greenpower’s Connecticut Project

Putnam Greenpowerreceived a $275,000 grant to fund its 875-kW (0.875-MW) dual-turbine Cargill Falls project in Quinebaug River, Putnam, Connecticut. This project is expected to generate 2.523 GWh annually.

Putnam Green Power was established for the sole purpose of developing hydroelectric generation at the Historic Cargill Falls Mill in Putnam, Connecticut. The Cargill Falls Mill property is the site of the first cotton mill in the state of Connecticut and is the oldest mill of this type in the nation. Redevelopment of hydropower at the site is part of a comprehensive plan to restore the mill complex to an updated version of its former glory while simultaneously bringing new life and vitality to the historic downtown area of Putnam. Development of renewable energy generation at the property will also allow for long term sustainable energy prices for our tenancy with surplus provided to the regional power grid. Upon completion this project is expected to significantly contribute to the growth and diversity of northeast Connecticut’s “quiet corner.”

For more on this story, visit: U.S. Awards Rural Energy Funds to Hydro Projects in Four States.

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