MWA Breaks Ground on $4.3M Clean-Energy Hydroelectric System in Apple Valley

As mentioned in the Victorville Daily Press, July 27, 2018, the Mojave Water Agency (MWA) broke ground on a $4.3 million, clean-energy hydroelectric system expected to save millions over the next three decades, according to agency officials. Once completed in spring 2019, the Deep Creek Hydroelectric Project will generate electricity as it imports water from the California Aqueduct to the groundwater basin for recharge, offsetting 4,540 metric tons of carbon dioxide that would have normally been supplied by non-renewable electricity. The project will mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from 972 passenger vehicles, a statement shows. An 820-kilowatt, hydroelectric turbine generator capable of processing up to 12,000 acre feet of water (nearly 4 billion gallons) per year at a maximum flow rate of 20 cubic feet per second serves as the “central component of the project.” Using the existing pressure and water flow within the pipeline when recharging the aquifer, the turbine controls that flow and produces electricity that will offset MWA’s operating costs, according to the statement. As the agency’s first hydroelectric turbine generator connected to the Southern California Edison (SCE) system, it will provide power to SCE’s grid. The system will be constructed near Deep Creek Road in Apple Valley next to MWA’s operations facility.

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