About Hydro-Electric Waterpower
Waterpower is abundant in Ontario and provides a substantial portion of the electricity generation in the province. Waterpower is a key renewable energy source and avoids some of the variability experienced by other renewable energies, such as solar and wind.
The Kabinakagami River waterpower project is comprised of four small facilities, each with a nominal capacity of 6.5 MW (each site will have two 3.25 MW water turbine/generator sets).
A key feature of the Kabinakagami River waterpower project is that it will be operated in a “strict” run-of-the-river mode. That is, the water flow rate entering the first facility will be matched by the water flow rate leaving the fourth facility. This will ensure that the river’s flow up-stream and down-stream of the project will maintain the natural existing patterns, maintaining navigation and the fishery.
It is planned to have each of the four waterpower facilities cascade immediately into the next facility, such that as the water exits the powerhouse of an up-stream facility, it immediately becomes part of the head pond of the down-stream facility. In this way no portion of the river will be dewatered as a result of the project’s operation.