Various videos depicting the first residential microhydro energy project in Oconee County, South Carolina by S-Tek Greenline (a division of S-Tek Building Solutions).
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If you’ve been following our microhydro project you’ll notice that our generator house now houses the ever important generator! We are now taking water from the lake above, running it through the generator, making power and returning the water to it’s original source. We’re excited to get this grid-tie/off -grid system up and running and are pleased to report that we are making even more power than originally estimated!
Watch resistance at work in this short clip from S-Tek Greenline (above) or browse the photos below. Let us know how we can help you with your next sustainable energy project by calling 864-888-1620.
If you’ve been following our local Upstate mountain microhydro power project, you’ll definitely recognize the progress that’s taken place on the property. Our crew has been hard at work and we’re pleased to share some photos from Phase 2, The Generator House (click on the images below to view slideshow). The custom built generator house is the new home for power production on the hydro project and is the key to converting the power of water into electrical energy for our client.
To recap, microhydro power systems produce power from streams, small rivers and other water supplies. The power can be used to generate electricity, drive machinery and bring electricity to remote locations. Our site is set up for a residential application that is set in a grid tie/off grid scenario to power his home and send excess power to the grid.
For centuries, people have been tapping into the energy of flowing water first for mechanical power, and in the past hundred years, for electricity. Early applications included milling, pumping, and driving machinery. Unlike wind and sun, the right hydro resource can be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This allowed pioneers to run irrigation pumps and grain mills, and allows people today to make clean, renewable electricity at a reasonable cost.
At S-Tek Greenline, we are committed to high sustainability standards and are ever cautious of the natural resources we consume on a daily basis. We believe in providing long-term solutions that help reduce power consumption whether through LED lighting, solar, wind and/or hydro power systems. By reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and focusing on renewable energy, we all benefit from a cleaner environment for years to come.
We’re excited to report The Journal covered the progress of the microhydro project! Here’s an excerpt from the article printed 7/25/14,
“Making waves — Seneca-based builders on cutting edge of green energy, By Steven Bradley, The Journal
SENECA — Jason Smith reads Home Power magazine the way a sportsman might read Field & Stream or a golfer Golf Digest. “Four, five, six times, I’ll read through the same magazine,” he admitted. Home power is a passion for Smith. But it’s also his business, and Smith’s company is on the verge of completing what he believes will be the only grid-tie/off-grid microhydro residential power system in the Upstate. While that term may sound like a mouthful, Smith insists the basic idea is not so complicated.
“It’s not rocket science,” he said. “You’re making power with water.” Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of S-Tek Building Solutions in Seneca, and its Greenline Energy Solutions division focuses on producing renewable, or “green,” energy solutions for commercial and residential clients. Just like solar and wind power, microhyrdro power harnesses nature to produce energy.”
If you are interested in learning more about us and ways you can implement a greener way of life into your home or business, give us a call today at 864-888-1620.
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