The Yakama Nation has revived a hydroelectric generator and is producing some of its own power.
Ray Wiseman, manager of the tribe’s utility, Yakama Power, says plans calls for reviving all three generators in the Wapato Irrigation Porject and adding another three to generate about 8 megawatts of power. That’s enough to power about 6,000 homes.
The first generator that has been overhauled has been running the past week at about one-fifth of its capacity for testing. It will prodcue upto 2.5 megawatts of power, which will be put to use by homes on the 1.2 million-acre reservation south of Yakima.