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About Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain Project is a two-reservoir hydroelectric generation project operated by Appalachian Power and located near Roanoke , Virginia. Its unique pumped-storage system provides electricity for the region and, at the same time, is a driver for the surrounding area’s economy and a focal point for residential, tourism and outdoor activities.

Built on the Roanoke River and completed in the mid-1960s, the project’s two dams and reservoirs—Smith Mountain and Leesville—have added about 600 miles of new shoreline and about 25,000 surface acres of water for multiple uses.

Smith Mountain Facility



Pump Storage Project Overview


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