A New Hydropower Plant
Come and see the grand opening for a new power source!
What is hydropwer?
A hydropower plant is built on the water, and when that water spins a turbine, it creates energy. The water then exits the dam on the other side. The more water you have, the more opportunities you have to build a hydropower dam. Did you know that over 99% of electricity in Norway comes from hydropower?
Who is building this plant?
HydroVA is the name of the organization to build this plant, and we aim to help Virginia produce more power by means of hydropower.
When is it opening?
It will be opening on February 30, 2016.
Why is it being built?
The James River flows right through Richmond, as you probably know, so why not build a power plant on it? Don't worry, the fish can still travel with the use of fish ladders. Also, there are pretty low costs for maintenance. One of the best things, though, is that hydropower plants give off very little to no pollution because there's no fuel being burned! In order to be profitable, though, it would have to run for quite a while in order to pay off the cost of building it. Overall, hydropower is a pretty reliable, constant source of energy.