BURLINGTON, Mass. – FirstLight Power, a provider of renewable energy and energy storage resources, announced last week that the company has acquired two Western Pennsylvania hydroelectric facilities from H2O Power, owner and operator of hydroelectric facilities in Ontario, Canada.

Located on the Allegheny River in Armstrong County and totaling 31.5 megawatts 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 acquisition, FirstLight continued the growth of the company’s clean energy portfolio while expanding its footprint into the PJM and New York electricity markets.

The local facilities are located at Templeton and Rimer.

“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-megawatt Allegheny 8 project and 17.9-megawatt Allegheny 9 project are run-of-river hydroelectric stations located with existing federal lock and dam facilities operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The stations currently provide electricity to New York along a 40-mile corridor. As part of the transaction, which was completed May 1, FirstLight will add five members of the Allegheny Hydro operations team.

The Allegheny acquisition follows several strategic partnerships that have further solidified FirstLight as a leading owner and operator of critical energy storage and renewable energy assets. In February, FirstLight announced a new partnership in Connecticut to advance new hybrid renewable energy projects across the state and the company was part of a successful investment consortium that secured a lease in the recent NY Bight Offshore Wind auction. In March, the company announced a strategic partnership with Borrego to develop new solar and storage generation at FirstLight’s existing hydropower facilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. These collaborations will advance the company’s commitment to help accelerate the Northeast’s path to a fully decarbonized electric grid.

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