Comprised of 7 hydroelectric turbines, the plant is capable of producing 2.35 MW of environmentally friendly energy. This picture is taken from the north side of the plant on the south side of the Kaw (Kansas) River.
The Bowersock Mills & Power Company is the only operating hydroelectric plant in Kansas. We welcome the public to visit and tour the plant. Visiting Bowersock is a great way to learn about Kansas history and demystify the production of electricity. Learning more about this 132 year old plant can help you understand electricity and the history of its production – but perhaps more importantly, it can help you think about the future of energy – something we all need to consider.
In business since 1874, Bowersock currently provides the City of Lawrence with much needed river flow control for the public water intakes. Additionally, the water that passes through the plant produces up to 2.35 Megawatts of renewable non-polluting electrical power – enough to power nearly 1800 homes! Bowersock is proud to be certified as a Low Impact Hydropower Facility. Achieving Low-Impact status is difficult, and as of Fall, 2008 there were only 31 hydroelectric power plants in the nation that had achieved this certification. The public can support Bowersock’s green energy production by purchasing renewable energy. The links above will give you an overview of our plant and tell you more about hydroelectric power.
The previous Bowersock logo was adopted from one of the mill's first flour brands, Zephyr Flour. In its earliest operation, Bowersock served as a mill and a provider of mechanical power for the City of Lawrence...[more]
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