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Blewett Hydroelectric Plant

  • Capacity: 22 megawatts
  • Location: Lilesville, North Carolina
  • Commercial Date: 1912

Blewett Hydroelectric Station

The Blewett Hydroelectric Plant is located on the Pee Dee River in Lilesville, N.C., near the North Carolina/South Carolina border, and was originally constructed to supply power to the textile industry in Rockingham, N.C.

The plant includes a gravity dam that is 60 feet high and 650 feet long, creating a lake that covers 2,550 acres. It houses six generators capable of producing a total of approximately 22 megawatts. In addition, the oil-fired combustion turbines on the site can generate another 52 megawatts.

The Blewett Hydroelectric Plant began commercial service in 1912, with additions in 1971.