The Wawatay hydro facility features an engineered tailrace to support the river’s local fish populations.
The Wawatay facility is located on the Black River in Northern Ontario. The facility captures the energy of water to generate electricity. With the use of three horizontal Francis turbine/generator sets, Wawatay converts the energy of moving water into electrical energy, which is then delivered through a six-kilometre transmission line to Hydro One's grid.
Wawatay’s tailrace provides a consistent spawning habitat for local fish populations.
The Wawatay hydro facility, developed by Regional Power in 1992 and acquired by Capstone in 2007, was the first hydro project partnership in Ontario with a First Nation community. Members of the Pic River First Nation were involved in contracting and construction and are now employed in the continuing operation of the facility.
The run-of-river design of the Wawatay hydro power facility minimizes the impact of the facility on the environment.
The Black River.
The Wawatay facility is located on the Black River.