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Oregon city generates renewable energy from underground water pipeline

The City of Hillsboro, Oregon has put into place a first-of-its-kind water utility technology that converts excess water pressure to carbon-free electricity. The project, called the Hillsboro In-Pipe Hydroelectric Project, is the first renewable energy project that features the In-PRV ™ smart water technology. The groundbreaking technology is expected to generate anywhere from 185,000 to 200,000 kWh of electricity per year, which will be used for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and a local recreation center. The in-pipe hydropower can be installed quickly and cost-effectively while also helping save water and extend the lifespan of pipelines. Installation of this technology will reduce more than 162,000 pounds of carbon annually – or the equivalent of 240,000 driven miles off the road every year.

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Photo courtesy of City of Hillsboro, OR.

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