View to the power house served by a 75 cfs Farmers Screen.

View to the power house served by a 75 CFS Farmers Screen.

Farmers Irrigation District's Plant 3 Forebay Farmers Screen (75 CFS) removes the heavy organic debris load from water entering the plant.

This 75 CFS Farmers Screen removes heavy organic debris loads from water entering a hydro facility.

Lacomb Irrigation District's 65 CFS Farmers Screen screens water that powers a 1 MW power plant and irrigates 1585 acres of farmland.

This 65 CFS Farmers Screen screens water that powers a 1 MW power plant and irrigates 1585 acres of farmland.

Several Farmers Screen projects utilize a simple sediment flush system to manage build up of fine sediment under the screen.

Several Farmers Screens utilize a simple sediment flush system to manage build up of fine sediment under the screen.

Middle Fork Irrigation District's Coe Creek Farmers Screen is a 30 CFS dual screen.

Middle Fork Irrigation District's Coe Creek Farmers Screen is a 30 CFS dual screen.

The Farmers Screen for Hydro

The Farmers Screen provides consistent, reliable flows and cleaned water to off-channel hydro facilities while lowering operation and maintenance costs and protecting fish. See these projects for examples of successful applications of the Farmers Screen for hydro:

FCA Hydro

Hydro power production is optimized when flows are consistent and free of debris.  The Farmers Screen excels at removing coarse debris and sediment from diverted water while providing consistent flows to the power plant.  The unique horizontal design minimizes operation and maintenance requirements while meeting state and federal fish protection guidelines.  The Farmers Screen has an excellent track record of optimizing hydro power production by reducing maintenance requirements, minimizing down time, and providing very consistent flows.

FCA’s vision is to build a future where the 300,000 diversions in the western United States all have a fish screen. Behind each screen, wherever there is fall, hydropower is generated and untapped energy is harvested. Using only water that is currently diverted, fish-friendly base-load power is produced. The result: endangered species are protected; billions of fish lives are saved; landowners receive state-of-the art and desperately needed infrastructure; a scalable solution is launched nationally and internationally; and individual investors generate a profit by supporting sustainable, thriving agrarian communities.

 

The Farmers Screen and Hydropower

With the large number of diversions in the western United States, the potential for off-channel hydropower is extraordinary. A new generation of hydropower producers are developing off-channel, run-of-river projects that are low impact, fish friendly, and green.

To support the development of these projects, FCA is creating partnerships with various hydropower technologies to offer a portfolio of solutions to diverters looking to generate power. With the use of FCA’s Farmers Screen, a patented fish screen technology, hydropower is produced while the essential infrastructure is provided to protect fish, manage debris, and provide a consistent flow of water to the generator. With the right combination of diversion type, fish protection, and hydropower technology, true low impact green power generation can be realized. These hydro power packages will utilize a combination of tax credits, cost per kilowatt, and green tags or renewable energy certificates to offset the cost of installation.

The Energy Trust of Oregon projects the potential for 57,648,000 kWh in annual hydropower production from Oregon’s irrigation districts alone. Considering the potential is similar in Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and far greater in California, FCA will support a minimum generation capacity of 93 MW of hydropower within the next ten years. In addition, the result of FCA’s Farmers Screen and hydropower partnerships will be low-impact hydropower, landowner incentives to properly screen his or her diversion, green hydropower being added to the grid, distributed base-load power generation, reduced carbon emissions, and FCA’s ultimate goal, fish protection.

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