Renfrew breaks ground on small hydro project upgrade

Upgrades to Renfrew Power Generation's Thomas Low Generating Station will see the micro hydroelectric project's output capacity double to 4 MW.

Renfrew Power Generation (RPG) officials were joined by community supporters and members of the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) yesterday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Thomas Low Generating Station (TLGS) expansion, which will be located on the Bonnechere River.

"TLGS is a good news story on so many levels," Renfrew mayor Bill Ringrose said. "It increases the long-term supply of green energy in the province, injects much needed stimulus, creates jobs in the local economy, and renews the town's RPG asset."

The US$20 million overhaul not only includes upgrades to current TLGS generating equipment, but also the construction of a new powerhouse using an existing dam and canal. The site has been used since 1825 for a variety of water-powered uses, including milling, machining and log transport.

"This project is an excellent example of the opportunities that exist across the province to expand the contribution of waterpower using existing infrastructure," OWA president Paul Norris said.

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