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CVEC buys 400-kW hydro plant

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) has agreed to buy a small hydroelectric plant on Virginia’s Rockfish River from Blue Sky Power.

The 400-kW Harris Bridge plant is in the heart of CVEC’s service territory and is capable of generating power for many decades, said Gary Wood, president and chief executive officer. The 88-year-old plant was recently refurbished by Blue Sky.

“The plant was a natural fit for our cooperative,” Wood said. “We expect it to serve our members for years to come.”

The plant is one of the first power plants in a largely rural county and was constructed to serve the needs of a nearby soapstone factory and the residents of Schuyler, Va. In 2009, the plant was deemed a low impact to the environment, winning certification from the Low-Impact Hydropower Institute.

The plant was refurbished in 2005, as Blue Sky revamped old generating equipment and installed new hydraulic control equipment. Since it was founded in 2005, Blue Sky heas led and participated in more than a dozen hydropower and solar power projects with generation capacities from 0.5 to 10 MW.

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