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Due to location and design factors, Tyson Creek will have the highest capacity factor (average megawatts delivered versus total ability of the plant) of any hydro project tendered to date. It will operate at capacity from 70 to 80% of the time, versus the norm of 40 to 60%. The site features a natural 875 meter drop, which will give it the highest head of any run-of -the-river plant in North America, enabling it to efficiently generate energy year round.
UEE provided all of the electrical engineering and design services, working in conjunction with the owner's engineers.
The plant has been awarded an Electricity Purchase Agreement (EPA) by BC Hydro. The contract is for a 40 year period. The plant is expected to have a peak capacity of 9 megawatts and will on average provide power to 5500 homes.