For many years Bear’s Mill was fully powered by water. Our electrical system and lighting functioned thanks to the natural power of the millrace, which turns a 150 year old Leffel vertical turbine, a drive shaft and differential from an old Chevy truck, a pulley system and two 3kW DC servo motors/generators. The turbine itself, with a seven foot head of water, has the capability of delivering 15kW of power.

 

To learn more about the hydroelectric system at Bear’s Mill, watch a detailed explanation in the video on this page.

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