Great news from the river bank – we have started generating in earnest!
With all the various tests successfully completed the hydro was ready to start generating, and with the recent rain, last Friday there was enough water in the river for the hydro to start running.
The summer time is traditionally a time of lower generation because of lower river flow. Peak generation time times to be in the winter when flow rates are higher. Its the opposite to solar panels which have their highest generation times during the long summer days and generate less during the darker winter months.
Our performance modelling are based on averages over five years of actual measured flow data so take these seasonal, as well as annual, fluctuations into account. However, it would still be great to see some good generation over these first few months.