A key aspect of the RITE Project’s Phase 2 Gen4 system demonstration was to identify any impacts of the six-turbine array on the local environment. Toward this end, Verdant Power conducted unprecedented monitoring activities during the demonstration period.
These efforts included the operation of an array of fixed underwater hydroacoustic sensors that monitored the turbine field for any underwater activity. In addition to this fixed monitoring, Verdant Power also conducted on-vessel mobile fish monitoring in the project area. A characterization and analysis of the river’s benthic habitat was also conducted.
Key Results to Date
The results of these activities showed no observed evidence of increased fish mortality or injury, nor any irregular bird activity in the project area. The data demonstrate that fish avoid zones of impact with Verdant Power’s system and populate inshore areas.
Verdant Power will continue monitoring activities during the Phase 3 build-out of the RITE Project in order to analyze any impacts from a larger array.
More detailed information on Verdant Power’s environmental monitoring activities can be found here: