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  • Join the ‘Energy Heroes!’ team

    Advert for someone with primary school teaching experience We are looking for a part time teacher to join our team of ‘Energy Heroes!’ to deliver an innovative maths and science programme to year 5 pupils in 4 schools annually across the locality. The role will include liaising with schools in order to support their journey towards becoming ‘Energy Heroes!’, delivering the first of 6 lessons and an assembly and also working alongside our energy experts at ...

    Posted at 14/09/2017 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Excellent output continues

    Over two months early our exported electricity  for the first 10 months of this year (345,000kWh) has already reached the 20 year average target for the full year. The recent exceptionally wet weather has brought a disappointing end to summer but has resulted in higher than average river flow.

    Posted at 11/09/2017 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Output 2016-17

    With over three months still to go, the turbine export for this year exceeded the total generated for the whole of our first year of operation (303,400kWh) mainly due to this year so far being wetter than average.

    Posted at 07/08/2017 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • First GWh output for Whalley Hydro

    The plant has continued to operate reliably and recent plant performance/output has remained very healthy. With the wetter than normal end to July the output for the month was 24,000kWh far exceeding the target of 7,000kWh expected for the average rainfall for July. Based on the 20 year average rainfall/river flow since start-up in November 2014 the predicted generation total to date amounts to 926,000kWh. However because actual rainfall/river flow has been higher than this average, ...

    Posted at 02/08/2017 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Piclo report out now

    The report on the Piclo peer-to-peer energy trading trial is now available for download. Whalley Community Hydro has been taking part in this ground breaking trial which shows the way to the future for electricity generators and consumers (see our news item 12 April 2016). Local matching puts people in control of their energy. As DECC’s Community Energy Strategy states, this can build stronger communities, create jobs, improve health and support ...

    Posted at 05/05/2016 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Strong public support for renewable energy

    Support for renewable energy has been consistently high at around 75-80% over the past four years according to the DECC Public Attitudes Tracker –Wave 16. This information is from polls done four times a year. The latest survey, done in December 2015, showed 78% support for renewable energy.

    Posted at 12/04/2016 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Whalley Community Hydro in peer-to-peer energy trading trial

    Whalley Community hydro is taking part in a pioneering trial that may alter the way in which electricity is distributed and sold in future. If the electricity you use could be generated just round the corner from your house or business, it puts far less load on the grid and costs are reduced. This development is part of what is sometimes known as a ‘smart grid’. It is becoming possible with far more power being generated ...

    Posted at 25/02/2016 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Can you help?

    We have a small band of volunteers to clear the debris from the screens at the hydro. Could you spare some time to spread the load? The main need is in the autumn when the leaves fall, from about October to December. We check the site every day and use long-handled rakes to pull the debris up. If we allow debris to build up we lose power and income available for community benefit. If you'd ...

    Posted at 15/02/2016 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 1 Comment
  • Boxing Day flood 2015 at Whalley Hydro

    Photo Andy Mattison. The highest ever river level put Whalley Community Hydro out of action on Boxing Day. The water got into the generator building but the electrics had been switched off so the damage to the equipment was not severe. A few parts have been replaced and we are now generating again.

    Posted at 07/01/2016 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 4 Comments
  • Share total now at £740,000

    We are close to our target of £750,000. The share offer remains open until we reach the target.

    Posted at 21/12/2015 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 1 Comment
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