A new hydroelectric plant, the first of its kind, to generate power in Kentucky

ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – The Matilda Hamilton Pay Hydroelectric Power Station, named after the first lady of Beer College, is the first water project in the state in 94 years and the first in the country to use a new variable speed. Technology.

“We can use this technology to slow down the turbine and keep it up to maximum efficiency,” said David Brown Kinlock, president of the Appaalachian Hydro Alliance.

In this partnership between Aplachia Hydro and Beria College, the new facility will serve as a great learning opportunity for students.

“Engineering students can come here and Dave and his team have confirmed that they have designed facilities in a control building where students can see what is going on,” said Lille Rolov, president of Beria College.

While this new hydroelectric facility is a great learning opportunity for both students and staff, the power generated by this facility will be sold primarily to the Jackson Energy Cooperative.

“We actually sell them at a discounted price, so every time we trust electricity, members get savings to help lower their bills,” says Kinlock.

Derrick Linkton, Permanent President of Beria College, said that renewable and sustainable energy development is not only one of the promises but also of the communities in the region.

“It’s a good thing to do it in a clean way, but that’s also a good thing to bring economic, practical and tax dollars and jobs to the communities,” said Singonton.

Once fully operational, the new power plant will be able to generate enough electricity to power 1,200 homes.

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