FirstLight Power Expands Clean Energy Portfolio With Acquisition of Two Hydroelectric Facilities in Western Pennsylvania
BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FirstLight Power, a leading clean provider of renewable energy and energy storage resources, today announced the company has acquired two Western Pennsylvania hydroelectric facilities from H2O Power, a leading owner and operator of hydroelectric facilities in Ontario, Canada. Located on the Allegheny River and totaling 31.5 MW of baseload capacity, Allegheny 8 and Allegheny 9 are two run-of-river hydroelectric facilities that have provided a source of reliable, clean energy to the region for over three decades. Currently, the facilities are providing their hydropower to the New York market under a long-term power purchase agreement with New York State Electric and Gas Company (NYSEG). With the strategic acquisition, FirstLight continued the growth of the company’s clean energy portfolio while expanding its footprint into the PJM and New York electricity markets.
“With several strategic partnerships and acquisitions, 2022 has been an exciting year of growth for FirstLight, and we are pleased to now be able to directly deliver clean energy to New Yorkers on a daily basis through our acquisition of the Allegheny hydroelectric facilities,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO of FirstLight. “We are also excited to welcome the Allegheny Hydro employees to our talented FirstLight team who collectively possess vast experience operating renewable and storage assets – both of which will be vital as we continue our expansion into new markets across North America.”
Situated approximately nine miles apart on the Allegheny River, the 13.6 MW Allegheny 8 project and 17.9 MW Allegheny 9 project are run-of-river hydroelectric stations located with existing federal lock and dam facilities operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The stations currently provide clean electricity to New York along a 40-mile transmission corridor, which is also part of the acquisition. As part of the transaction, which was completed on May 1, 2022, FirstLight will add five members of the Allegheny Hydro operations team.