Settle’s ground-breaking hydroelectric scheme, which launched in 2009, has recorded its best monthly output this Spring.
Generating 13,747 kWhrs during March, the output was equivalent to the electricity consumed by 45 typical homes during the same period.
The river was at its highest since records began in the 1950’s, flooding the sports field on the opposite side of the river on March 9. The management team of volunteers were delighted that the hydro coped with this level of water, where previously it would have stopped.
Built at Bridge End Mill on the River Ribble, environmentally clean electricity is generated by water drawn from a weir on the river through a sluice gate, down the Archimedes Screw turbine which drives a generator feeding electricity to residential apartments. Any surplus is fed into the National Grid, providing income for local community organisations and potentially shareholders.
In early September last year, an emergency repair to the weir crest was carried out with support from Timberworks Ltd of Settle, which improved performance during the winter. The next project planned by the team is to instigate a fully engineered reinstatement of all the weir crest boards. This work, planned for the coming summer months, will improve the efficiency of the combined installation of hydro and fish pass.
Carrying out this improvement work is a high priority as soon as funds are available and the Settle Hydro team are embarking on a new funding drive to raise £120, 000, inviting environmentally savvy shareholders from across the country to be part of this pioneering historic scheme.
Settle Hydro provided inspiration, expertise and a benchmark for hydro schemes across the globe, attracting media interest and a string of awards. The new share opportunity is an opportunity for funders looking for truly green credentials in their investments, with a minimum outlay of just £250 to become a voting member.