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I am back home after my 11 days trip in the Lower Silesia.
I went to Lesna to see the Czocha castle. But it was also another interesting place in Lesna - Poland’s oldest hydroelectric power station. I made this picture standing on the dam that you see on the right side. The power station is this nice building below. It was forbidden to go down. The other building up there is the guest house and the restaurant. It was raining in the morning. Later it stopped raining but it was still wet.

The oldest professional hydroelectric power station in Poland can be found in Lesna. The waters of the River Kwisa, stacked up by a dam located at the mouth of a narrow valley, are used to create the energy. The dam was built to protect the Kwisa valley against recurrent floods as well as producing electricity. It was designed by an engineer from Jelenia Gora, Curt Bachmann, who also later drew up the plans for the Pilichowice and Zlotniki dams.

Construction work began in 1901 and lasted four years. The dam is 45m high (36m above ground level). The length at its crest is 130m and a width of 8m. The resulting Lesna Reservoir has an area of about 140 hectares. In the years between 1905 and 1907 a hydroelectric power station was built at the base of the dam. Its buildings are 100m below the crest of the dam. Initially four Francis turbines were installed but a further two were added. These devices are original and still operating.

At its full output they can produce 2.7 megawatts of electricity. Years ago when Lesna still had industrial plants the energy produced was sufficient for the needs of the town and surrounding areas.

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It is not the castle! It is the powerstation.

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