GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Here’s a resource for those of you with kids in town this summer. Take them for a free tour of the mini-hydroelectric power station in Vessy, canton Geneva.
Inaugurated in May 2007, the “micro-hydro,” as is known in French, is powered by two turbines that coupled with a few generators produce 1.7 GWh per year, enough to power about 500 households in the canton.
Nestled at the entrance of the Arve River, the power station was first born as a water pumping mill in 1865. It supplied water to Bessinge and Chêne-Bougerie for over 100 years.
Visit free of charge the last Thursday of the month until September (28 June, 26 July, 30 August, 27 September). The tour, which is given entirely in French, begins at 17:00 and lasts 1:30.
Recommended for those 10 years old and up but not accessible for people with reduced mobility. Flat shoes are advised.
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