Rideau Falls (2.0 MW) - Ottawa: Rideau Canal

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Rideau Falls Generating Station is a two-unit hydroelectric station located on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario. The station has been in service since 1908, and rebuilt in 1987-1988. The station has an installed capacity of 2 MW at a head of 12.2 metres.

The station is run-of-river without storage capability. The headwork consists of a concrete gravity dam. The concrete intake is enclosed in gate house and uses two electrically operated steel gates to control water. Two steel penstocks convey water to the concrete powerhouse. Water is discharged into the Ottawa River.

The station is connected to Hydro Ottawa’s 13.2 kV circuit 403 from King Edward substation.

This hydroelectric generating station generates approximately 8,542 MWh of renewable energy per year.

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
River System: Rideau Canal
Nameplate Capacity: 2.0 MW
OPA Contracted Capacity: 2.0 MW
Operator: Fortis Properties Corporation
Technology: Hydroelectric
Turbines: Two Francis turbines
Originally Built: 1908
Coordinate: 45° 26' 31.25" N, 75° 41' 45.31" W

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