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Trent University hydro station rehab to cost C20 million

Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, is planning to rehabilitate a hydroelectric power station the university owns and operates on the Otanabee River, local media reported.

The university generates electricity to cover about 40 percent of the power used at the main campus, university officials said. The university saves up to C$800,000 annually by generating hydroelectric power, the Peterborough Examiner newspaper cited officials as saying.

With the updated powerhouse, the university will sell all electricity it generates to the provincial power grid through the Feed-in Tariff program for renewable energy production, then purchase the electricity it needs at the regular rates, reports indicate.

Trent plans to begin the hydro plant rehab project in 2012.

The Stan Adamson Powerhouse, which is to be rebuilt and upgraded, was built in 1921, replacing a powerhouse that was built in the 1890s.

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