Ponderosa/Bailey Hydroelectric Project
The Ponderosa/Bailey project is a run of river project
located on Bailey Creek south of Shingletown in eastern Shasta County, California.
The project consists of a 1.1 MW capacity powerhouse at the end of a 6,500
foot long, 42 inch diameter steel penstock. Hydraulic capacity is 60 cfs and
the gross head is 281 feet. The water is diverted into the penstock at a weir
and intake structure at the edge of Bailey Creek.
The intake structure includes a fish screen and automatic screen cleaner.
The turbine-generator is a horizontal shaft double-Francis style turbine with
a synchronous generator. Transmission to the intertie with PG&E is via a
0.3 mile long 12kV transmission line.
Project operation began in January 1990. The owner is Snow Mountain Hydro
LLC, in which Ida-West Energy Company owns, indirectly, a 50 percent
interest. Operation and maintenance is performed by Ida-West Operating
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