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Alternative Green Energy


5.9 Kilowatt Micro Hydroelectric Turbine Installation

Using Clean Rain, Melting Snow, and Gravity in The Shawangunk Mountains

Installation of the hydroelectric system (called Millbrook Mountain Hydro) was completed by Barry Lebost in May of 2009.

In 2011 we have, as of October, used over 26,000 Kwh of electricity for lighting, home heating and domestic hot water produced by our power plant.

Blue Mountain Hydro consulting has been founded for the purpose of installing micro-hydro in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain region of New York State.



An underground mountain lake feeds seven streams that come together to be stored in a 200,000 gallon dammed pond. The dam feeds an 8" HDPE penstock ( ISCO) pipe beginning inside a debris filtering concrete forebay while the turbine/generator sits in a 5ft x 6ft garden shed in a gully 72.4 ft. below the dam. Water pressure at the base of the penstock is 31.5 PSI and a Gates carbon timing belt increases the speed of the 1500 RPM PowerPal T8 turgo Vietnamese turbine to the generator's required 1800 RPM for 60 cycle 240V/120V electric power.The 6Kw Marathon Electric generator with voltage regulator was wired for hydro electric power use. Besides electrically powering the house, two 80 gallon tanks are employed to heat, store water, and circulate water through the baseboard heating loop when needed as well as through a domestic hot water heat exchanger. The turbine is now producing on average 2.5 to 3.5 Kw hours throughout the year. An actuator system allows the turbine needle valve throttle to be opened and closed remotely from the house. Microhydro can produce clean renewable energy utilizing pure clean water that is an abundant resource of New York State. The system puts back all of the clean water it uses into the same stream.

The returning water is just as clean as when it was extracted.

Most of the installation can be built underground to make it environmentally invisible.The documented yearly power production of this installation has varied between 16,000 and 27,000 kwh depending on the amount of yearly rainfall here on Millbrook Mountain.

The jobs that can be created by the expansion of this field include HDPE pipe manufacture, fusion splicing equipment, fusion splice operators, couplings, steel fabrication, excavation, hydrologists survey,turbine manufacture,generator manufacture, electricians, power transmissions, wire and cable,excavation equipment and operators,prefabricated cement catch basins, transfer switches, water heaters,pressure gauges, trucking, steel fabrication, etc.The list goes on and on.

If you live in the Hudson valley area and you think you have a water power source that can power your home or business email 

Note: Barry Lebost has analyzed the gas company's practice of hydrofracking and has determined that hydrofracking is an imprecise science with multiple flaws.

The Marcellus shale has unpredictable vertical fissures.

Because it presents a major threat to the environment for future generations this practice should be abandoned and the purposeful injection of poisons and carcinogens into the ground should be made illegal.



The Lebost Wind Turbine


The Lebost Wind Turbine (LWT) became the largest innovative wind turbine ever installed in a major city in the world. Designed for use in cities the LWT was Installed on a rooftop of NYU in New York City. The LWT made hot water directly from wind using a simple brake for stopping airplanes on short runways instead of using an electric generator. The project was supported by singer environmentalist John Denver, New York University and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ( NYSERDA)(under James L. Larocca 1980/Chairman) and made 35 major publications including the New York Times' Science Times (front page) titled: A Novel Windmill Challenges U.S Policy on Wind Energy, Popular Science Magazine,

Newsweek, ENR, Industrial Design Magazine.

Wind tunnel test data was published in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Journal of Energy

vol. 2, May-June 1978, p. 175-181. Publication Date:06/1978



Cities have unique energy problems and conditions effecting the development of renewable energy resources...Widespread use of such a windmill, known as the Lebost turbine, could save users more than a third of their hot water costs.

(NYSERDA 1980).

More photos of the Lebost Wind Turbine including construction and installation.

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