Pacolet P-2621

General information

Waterway  Pacolet River
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Run-of-river/Peaking
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-2621
FERC project name Pacolet
Permit issued 7/15/11
Permit expiration 1/28/52

Ownership and operation

Owner Lockhart Power Company
Owner type Investor-Owned Utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 2013
Transmission or distribution system owner Lockhart Power Co

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 1
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 1.1 MW
Average annual net hydropower generation 5,081.7 MWH

The project is located on the Pacolet River in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, and does not occupy federal lands. The project consists of following two developments:

Lower Pacolet Development

The Lower Pacolet development is currently licensed and includes a 347-foot-long by 24-foot-high concrete and rubble masonry dam (lower dam), with 4-foot-high flashboards, that impounds an 11-acre reservoir (lower reservoir); an intake structure equipped with trashracks; a 100-foot-long by 10-foot-diameter penstock leading to a powerhouse (lower powerhouse) with two generating units with a total installed capacity of 800 kilowatts (kW); a 330-foot-long concrete training wall guiding powerhouse outflow to the Pacolet River; a 250-foot-long, 480-volt (V) transmission line; and an access road connecting the powerhouse to Montgomery Avenue. The Lower Pacolet development flow diversions bypass about 990 feet of the Pacolet River.

Upper Pacolet Development

Lockhart Power proposes to add a new development (Upper Pacolet development) to the project utilizing an existing dam and reservoir located about 300 feet upstream of the lower reservoir. There currently are no generating facilities at the dam and reservoir.

The proposed Upper Pacolet development will consist of the existing 315-foot-long by 18-foot-high concrete and rubble masonry dam (upper dam) with new 3-foot-high flashboards installed on top of the dam that will impound a 30-acre reservoir (upper reservoir); an existing 36-foot-wide intake proposed to be fitted with vertical gates operated by rack and pinion operators; a new trashrack to be installed on the intake structure; a new powerhouse (upper powerhouse) integral with the intake structure and containing a generating unit having an installed capacity of 1,100 kW; a new 40-foot-long curved guide wall directing flows from the powerhouse into the lower reservoir; a new 200-foot-long, 600-V transmission line; and an access road connecting the powerhouse to South Carolina Highway 569/150 (Sunny Acres Road). The Upper Pacolet development flow diversions will bypass about 100 feet of the Pacolet River.

Source: FERC

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