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04/09/1882 The first commercial electrical power plant in history


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The service began in September 1882, there were 85 customers with 400 light bulbs. Each dynamo produced 100 kW2—enough for 1200 incandescent lights, and transmission was at 110 V via underground conduits. The system cost $300,000 to build with an installation of the 100,000 feet of underground conduits one of the most expensive parts of the project.
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    • Essentials 

    • Early transmission 

    • Early high voltage exterior lighting 

    • Direct current lighting 

    • Availability of large-scale generation 

    • Transformers and alternating current 

    • High voltage direct current transmission 

    • Victory for AC 

    • Willamette Falls to Niagara Falls 

    • Early 20th century 

    • Power electronics