Development of Two Plants on California Canals

by C. L. Cutting, Sverdrup Hydro Projects Inc, San, Francisco, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85

Abstract: The projects utilize the head drop between canals on the system of the Central California Irrigation District (CCID. ) The projects utilize the elevation difference between the District's canals, making it possible to generate power as water is transferred from one canal to another. The two plants under construction are at locations known as the Wolfsen and San Luis sites, each having a head of 24 feet. The Wolfsen Bypass plant transfers water from the USBR Delta-Mendota Canal to the Outside Canal and will produce 3. 7 million kilowatt hours from a 1. 0 megawatt unit in an average year. The San Luis Bypass plant transfers water from the Outside Canal to the Main Canal and will produce 2. 2 million kilowatt hours from a 0. 6 megawatt unit in an average year.

Subject Headings: Canals | Hydro power | Power plants | Construction sites | Head (fluid mechanics) | Irrigation districts | Economic factors | Irrigation systems | North America | California | United States

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