Microhydro System – Resistance at Work

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!

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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.




A New Home for Power — Generator House Update

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. 

Brief Hydro History:

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.

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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 have a subscription to The Journal, you can read the entire article at www.upstatetoday.com or visit our S-Tek Greenline FB page for more images/updates here

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.


Microhydro Power Project by S-Tek

You’ve heard the saying, location, location, location – and for a microhydro power system location is the key to success! Microhydro is the best form of local power production, but is extremely site specific. The location has to have  sufficient flow and drop to make the generator worthwhile. A microhydro power system has a tremendous advantage over solar electricity and wind turbines, since it runs 24 hours per day (solar and wind are intermittent sources).

Our renewable energy division, S-Tek Greenline considers every aspect of site, location and water flow to determine if a microhydro installation project would be beneficial. Our current hydro project has all the key elements to provide sufficient power for our client and we’re happy to share a few photos  here. We’ll post updates as the project moves forward and are excited to gear up toward installing the generator house.

As you can see from the photos, it truly was all hands on deck (young and old) to run the wire down the very long hill to the generator house location.  Without question, we at S-Tek have the best crew of professionals around! If you are interested in renewable energy solutions for your home or business, give us a call today at 864-888-1620 or visit our showroom at 820 A By Pass 123 in Seneca, SC to set up an appointment with an energy specialist.

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Residential Microhydro System Project

Question: What is a residential Microhydro system project?

Answer: A residential micro-hydro system consists of a small turbine in a creek that produces energy that is transferred to the home.

Residential Microhydro System Project

Our S-Tek Building Solutions’ green energy division expert, Jason Smith recently completed Appalachian State University’s Microhydo System Design and Installation Workshop gain further knowledge of the industry. This two day continuing educational activity was held in Boone, NC and was instructed by Don Harris a national microhydro expert. Harris has developed residential hydro systems since 1981 and is responsible for nearly 3,000 successful systems. The Harris system is an efficient, durable battery charging Pelton Wheel designed turbine making it the most popular micro-turbine in the US.

Workshop participants covered the basics of small scale hydro power with a field trip to local microhydro installation. Jason was able to increase his current knowledge about site assessment techniques that will further enhance our current projects. The workshop included:

  • Measurement of head and flow
  • System design
  • Types of turbines and their associated performance and cost
  • System components such as the intake, penstock and balance of system
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Case studies
  • Valuable tips from  industry icon, Don Harris.

S-Tek is pleased to share photos from an active Microhydro project, at Mollie’s Branch located in Boone, NC. Photos taken by Jason Smith. For more information on a residential microhydro project or to speak with Jason, contact our office at 864-888-1620 or email Jason at jason@stekbuildingsolutions.com