Have you ever been curious how a hydro-electric facility operates? Have you wondered how a hydro plant can be a good community partner? Join us for a tour of Brookfield Renewable Energy’s 38-megawatt School Street Hydro-electric plant in Cohoes on Wednesday, September 30.
Located in the historic Harmony Mills District of Cohoes, the School St. plant is the result of millions of dollars in investment, not just for improvements to the century-old facility, but to the surrounding area as well. During the licensing process, Brookfield solicited feedback from local environmental and civic organizations, including the National Parks Service. The result of these partnerships are significant community benefits. Brookfield undertook major improvements to its Overlook Park, which sits adjacent to the School Street facility. The award winning park features new pavers, landscaping, benches and picnic facilities, and is open year round – this effort has paid off. From August 2008 through August 2009, more than 14,000 visitors came to enjoy Overlook Park. For more info on the park visit the Friends of Cohoes Falls website.
The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has certified the School Street Hydro project as “low-impact hydropower.” New power gained from recent efficiency upgrades at the School Street facility have reach a goal of generating nearly half of the State’s power from energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy under New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). For more info about the hydro plant check out this handy fact sheet.
Tour attendees will meet at the Falls View Parking Lot then walk to the facility for an approximately 1-hour tour in which our hosts will share how the facility operates and how Brookfield has made the project a success through their public private partnerships in the community.
*Note the tour is restricted to 15 attendees.
Are latecomers accommodated?
No. Our tour will start promptly at 9:00am. Because this is a secure facility, you will not be permitted entrance without joining the tour. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Brookfield will provide a release form that will have to be signed by each visitor prior to the start of the tour. Parking is available at the Falls View Parking lot, a short walk from the plant. We highly recommend carpooling because the lot is small. We may reach out to late registrants with revised parking instructions.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact Martin Daley: firstname.lastname@example.org / (518) 894-2195
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You should bring your ticket so we can validate attendees for CM credits.
What should I wear?
Anyone attending will need to make sure they are wearing closed toe shoes and Brookfield will provide a hard hat, safety glasses and hearing protection if needed. Brookfield will also provide a release form that will need to be signed by each participant prior to the start of the tour.
We hope you can make it!
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