City, State: Belton, South Carolina
Hydro Plant Type: Run-of-River
Capacity: 2.0 MW
Head: 25 feet
# Turbines: 3
Equipment Type: Francis Units
The Upper Pelzer Hydroelectric Project is a 2 MW generating station located in Pelzer, South Carolina; a small town about 25 miles south of Greenville on the Saluda River. The dam construction was completed in 1881. The powerhouses were completed in 1920 and operated by the adjacent Pelzer Manufacturing Co. A FERC license was issued to the project in 1987 and expires December 1, 2017.
Aquenergy Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Enel North America Inc., purchased the facility from Gerber Mills in 1989 and after extensive renovations began selling power to Duke Power Company in 1990.