Wilson Lake Hydroelectric Project


The Wilson Lake Hydroelectric project is a run-of-canal type facility utilizing the drop of an existing irrigation regulating dam on the North Side Main Canal system near Eden, Idaho. A new power canal was constructed from the dam's left abutment to convey water to the powerhouse about 1/4 mile downstream of the dam. The intake, powerhouse and bypass were all constructed as a single integral structure. The structure contains two horizontal pit turbines with a combined capacity of 8.4 MW, and two bypass pipes controlled by slide gates. Approximately 2.3 miles of the Main Canal have been excavated to eliminate tailwater encroachment and increase net head to the plant. Project began commercial operation in 1993. Operation and maintenance is performed by Ida-West Operating Services, Inc.


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