City, State: Fries, Virginia
Hydro Plant Type: Run-of-River
Capacity: 4.9 MW
Head: 39 feet
# Turbines: 4
Equipment Type: Kaplan and Francis Units
The Fries Hydroelectric Project is a 4.9 MW generating station located in Fries, Virginia; a small town nestled on the New River in the southern mountainous portion of the state. The dam and powerhouse were constructed in 1902 and 1903 respectively and operated by the adjacent Fries Textile Mill. A FERC license was issued to the project in 1980 and a second powerhouse was added in 1981.
Aquenergy Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, Inc. purchased the facility in 1987 from Riegel Textile Mill. After extensive renovations, ENA began selling power to both Virginia Electric and Power Company and Appalachian Power Company. The original purchase power agreement expired in April 1999. Power is now sold to various purchasers at market rates.