Smiltene Hydroelectric Power Plant

In 1901, it was nobleman Pauls Livens, the owner of the Smiltene Manor, who turned powerful waters of River Abula into electricity by installing in the former manor building on the bank of Lake Vidus a water wheel with a generator. In 1913, Livens built the most modern hydroelectric power plant in the Baltics. The historic building is now reconstructed, but standing right next to it on the very historic location there is a new and private hydroelectric power plant, built in 1999.