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Idaho National Laboratory

Hydropower
Plant Costs and Production Expenses

U.S. Technology

Capital cost $/kW: $1700-2300/kW: cap.

Operation cost/kWh: 4.05 mills (0.4)

Maintenance cost/kWh: 2.62 mills(0.3)

Total cost/kWh: 23.57 mills (2.4)

Operating life: 50+ years

Capacity factor: 40-50%

Average size: 31 MW

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Picture: Plant cost statistics

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Picture: Product expenses

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