To generate electricity, the power plant takes advantage of the natural supply of water from Zeballos Lake and its steep down-gradient terrain. Zeballos Lake was formed some 300 to 600 years ago as a result of a rockslide from a nearby mountain that blocked a valley creek called Maraude Creek, thus creating a natural dam approximately 80 to 100 m high, 400 m long and 40 m wide.
The plant is located on the Vancouver Island, about 10 kilometres northeast of the Zeballos village, a former gold rush boom town dubbed the “Golden Gate to the West Coast,” now a popular destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts, especially salmon fishing and kayaking.
- 22-MW facility
- Acquired by Kruger Energy in December 2015
- Commissionned in 2009
- Electricity is sold to BC Hydro