Flat Rock Dam Hydro
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is in the process of repairing the Flat Rock Dam that spans the Schuylkill River where it passes Manayunk. In its future form, the earthen dam is being designed to accommodate a pair of micro hydro turbines capable of generating 1.5MW of electricity from the water that passes through the dam.
PEA is working with PWD to examine the engineering and economic feasibility of this unique hydropower project. PEA plans to use this project as a test study for a design competition with local higher education partners. Students will be challenged with navigating the complexities of hydropower, the electricity market, and electrical infrastructure in order to develop a design that can effectively interconnect and provide renewable electricity back to the City of Philadelphia.
In June 2018, Governor Wolf signed SB 234 into law, creating Act 30 and making Pennsylvania the 34th state to enable Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE). C-PACE is a financing structure in which building owners borrow money for energy efficiency, renewable energy, or other projects and make repayments via an assessment on their property tax bill rather than issuing debt.
The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) has been participating in Pennsylvania C-PACE stakeholder meetings and intends to be the administrator for the City of Philadelphia. PEA and partners including Sustainable Energy Fund, KEEA, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and National Electrical Contractors Association are working to develop a model program that can be easily adopted and implemented for local governments across the state.
For more information Pennsylvania C-PACE visit: http://pennsylvaniacpace.org/