Re: Hydro in the Catskills
- View SourceCynthia,
No doubt, the most practical, best long-term, easiest for you:
Pay $60,000 for the power line. Split the cost between the 3 new
houses, adding only $20000 to the price of each. It will be a baragain!
Now, that being said, depending on the head and flow of water available
in the streams, you could develop a hydroelectric system that might
supply enough power for at least 1 house. But if these houses are for
resale, this will not necessarily add to the value. There are not a
whole bunch of people who want to buy a house for which they also have
to be responsible for maintaining the electric generation system.
Besides, it would probably cost lots more than $60000 to develop a
system large enough to supply 3 houses.
- View SourceLancie1 writes: > Pay $60,000 for the power line.
Lancie's absolutely right, unless you have lots of head and flow and
plenty of time, perseverance, and enough money to get through the
project. I would not have installed my system if it were not for my
neighbor/partner who has the engineering knowledge, the heavy equipment
for construction of the dam, the pennstock, the powerhouse, the
tailstock, and the passion to install all the parts and pieces bought
on EBay. FERC and DEC took over a year and the construction was over 8
months with just the two of us doing it. We'll have power for both of
our homes, but we'll stay connected to the grid for low flow and
breakdowns. We did our works for under 30 grand, but only because he
had all the tools and know-how. With hired engineers and contractors
and new equipment, I would otherwise have had Return-On-Investment for
my Catskills project in about 42 years.
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