We are also still working with Natel Energy on the hydropower system. We will likely install the penstock and other hardware this summer and then hook up the new turbine when it is delivered in early 2015. That is later than we had hoped, but Natel is doing some re-design which will lower the cost and improve the efficiency of the unit as it will work at this site with its relatively low flows ( a 7 1/2 acre watershed) and high head (25 feet).
We also will be doing some more site work this spring, expanding the parking area, finishing the school play area and various woods work to clean up the damage from the ice storm this winter. This work will also include some work in the stream to divert flows in the winter and at high water events away from the building foundation and into the main stream channel. Lastly, we have retained Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation in Lincolnville to help stabilize the two original millstones on display outside the mill in order to prevent their deterioration now that they are exposed to the elements.
Also, here is a link to watch the documentary Reviving the Freedom Mill (password: mill).