Local Producers

Northern Power & Light began when we converted Azure Mountain Power, our family’s facility in St Regis Falls, into the region’s first community hydro project. The groundswell of support we experienced underscored a broader need for authentic choices in the renewable energy space. Check back here often to learn more about our growing list of partnering facilities.

Sissonville Hydro

The Sissonville hydro facility is located on the Raquette River in the village of Potsdam. Originally developed to grind pulp for the Racquette River Paper Company in the 1890s, the site has produced electricity since 1986. A single 3.1 MW generator produces enough power for approximately 1000 homes annually. The power plant is owned by Glens Falls-based Boralex Hydro Operations, Inc.

hydro Technology: Hydroelectric
calendar Year Built: 1986
utility Utility National Grid
Capacity Capacity: 3.1MW
homes Homes Powered: 2100
C02 Carbon Offset: 11,904 Metric Tons
Azure Mountain Power

Azure Mountain Power (AMP) in St Regis Falls, NY is the region’s first community hydro project. This site on the St Regis River was first dammed in the 1880s by the Brooklyn Cooperage, which made sugar barrels from local timber. Everett Smith and Matt Foley added a powerhouse to the legacy dam structure in the 1990s. AMP operates as a “run of river” site, maintaining river flow around the dam to protect stream ecology, including a downstream trout fishery.

hydro Technology: Hydroelectric
calendar Year Built: 1993
utility Utility National Grid
Capacity Capacity: 750kW
homes Homes Powered: 300
C02 Carbon Offset: 1,767 Metric Tons
Schroon River Paper Mill Dam

The storied history of this site begins in the late 1800s with the Schroon River Pulp and Paper Company, which would produce ground wood pulp, wallpaper and even the Warrensberg News. In 1976, a flood on the Schroon River jeopardized the mill, and a decision was made to dig a relief channel. Due to the sandy composition of the soil, however, the channel eroded immediately and the river bypassed the dam entirely in a matter of minutes. The mill ceased production and the site was derelict until 1987 when it was redeveloped for hydroelectric generation.

hydro Technology: Hydroelectric
calendar Year Built: 1987
utility Utility National Grid
Capacity Capacity: 3MW
homes Homes Powered: 1500
C02 Carbon Offset: 8,985 Metric Tons