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  • 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 | 0 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 | 0 Comment
  • Power output

    See how Whalley Hydro is performing. A graph showing output data is now available on the home page of our website which is updated frequently. This will enable you to keep up to date with how the hydro is functioning. The rain it raineth every day just now in Lancashire. Just what is needed for hydros.

    Posted at 03/12/2015 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Share total now at £697,000.

    We are getting close to our target of £750,000. The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) finishes at the end of November by order of the Treasury. Until the next share issue on 29 November investors can take advantage of the 30% tax relief still available. After that share issue our share offer will remain open if we have not reached the target but EIS tax relief will no longer be available.

    Posted at 18/11/2015 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • High water at Whalley Hydro

    This is the highest since the big flood of June 2012. The electrical equipment in the generating building is high on the walls well above the 100 year flood level. If water does enter the building all the equipment is safe. The screw stops when the water gets high as there is no head of water to power it. You might think when there is as much water as this we must be generating lots of ...

    Posted at 09/11/2015 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Why do people invest in community energy projects?

    A survey of Whalley Community Hydro members on email helps to answer this question. It was conducted during the week of 2 November 2015 to get feedback on motivation for investing in Whalley Community Hydro. In summary, we have a picture of community minded investors who are seriously concerned about climate change and for whom energy security is also a consideration. The major reasons for investing for nearly all respondents is not financial reward although this ...

    Posted at 09/11/2015 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Treasury blow to community energy

    The Treasury has just announced that they will exclude community energy projects from the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). It appears that they don’t like double-subsidies (e.g. FITs plus tax relief) in spite of being in favour back in March. We are told that shares need to be issued by 30 November 2015 for investors to qualify for the relief – even where investments have received advance assurance. There has been no prior warning of this ...

    Posted at 30/10/2015 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Ribble Valley Business Awards 2015 scoop for Whalley Hydro

    Whalley Community Hydro scooped three awards at the Ribble Valley Business Awards 2015 last night. “To win three awards shows great confidence in clean, green energy in Ribble Valley,” said Graham Sowter, Whalley Community Hydro chair, who received the awards at the ceremony. The top award, the Bowland BioEnergy Award celebrates the ‘best of the best’ as the judges' criteria says. The winner of this category is ‘a local business that is the most inspiring entry across ...

    Posted at 16/10/2015 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
  • Containing sound from the screw

    A new pvc curtain has been fitted at the outlet to damp the sound from the splashing of the screw. At certain river levels and outputs from the screw a sound has been heard which neighbours tell us can be a problem. Other micro hydro plants have found the pvc curtain to be effective in controlling the sound. Initially we tried altering the setting points which control the speed of the screw. This did have ...

    Posted at 10/04/2015 | By : | Categories : News / Blog | 0 Comment
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