• Oct
    10
    2014

    Saddleworth Community Hydro update

     

    Saddleworth Community Hydro spent 5 years working with United Utilities to install a 51 kW cross flow turbine at Dove Stone Reservoir, Oldham. This is a high head scheme which uses the compensation water United Utilities is already obliged to release in order to maintain the river. A new turbine house was constructed and bespoke pipework was needed to connect the turbine to the existing compensation flow outlets. The site also had the advantage of a nearby connection to the grid. 
    The scheme was approximately half funded by shareholders and half by funded by a grant from Defra’s Rural Carbon Challenge Fund totalling about £500k. The provision of a grant means that there is no eligibility for Feed in Tariff, but we do get LECs and ROCs.
    We believe this to be the first community scheme of its kind in England. Following our success  United Utilities are interested in working with local groups at similar sites in the Pennines. Further details are on our website www.saddleworthcommunityhydro.co.uk

     

    Saddleworth Community Hydro spent 5 years working with United Utilities to install a 51 kW cross flow turbine at Dove Stone Reservoir, Oldham. This is a high head scheme which uses the compensation water United Utilities is already obliged to release in order to maintain the river. A new turbine house was constructed and bespoke pipework was needed to connect the turbine to the existing compensation flow outlets. The site also had the advantage of a nearby connection to the grid. 

    The scheme was approximately half funded by shareholders and half by funded by a grant from Defra’s Rural Carbon Challenge Fund totalling about £500k. The provision of a grant means that there is no eligibility for Feed in Tariff, but we do get LECs and ROCs.

    We believe this to be the first community scheme of its kind in England. Following our success  United Utilities are interested in working with local groups at similar sites in the Pennines. Further details are on our website www.saddleworthhydro.co.uk

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