Whalley Community Hydro is a community project to generate renewable electricity from the river Calder at Whalley, Lancashire. It is a spin off from Transition Town Clitheroe.
A feasibility study shows that the river Calder provides an excellent local resource of energy ready for development. The design is for a power output of 100kW with an annual energy output of around 353,000kWh and annual revenue of around £85,000.
Income from the sale of electricity will be used for further reducing carbon emissions locally by developing more renewable energy. Funds may be given as grants or loans to organisations such as village halls, schools and sports clubs as well as to residents and businesses. Investments in businesses will also be considered especially to encourage start-ups and social enterprises which contribute to low carbon living.
Having received planning permission activities in 2011 will be mainly concerned with seeking permissions from the Environment Agency and putting finance in place. DECC provided a grant of £20,000 for our professional design study which gives the detailed figures for future plans.
To install an Archimedes screw turbine on the River Calder at Whalley Bridge in Lancashire. The power output is 100kW with an annual energy output of around 353,000kWh.
Launching Spring 2013.
Cost £675,000. Up to 50% of cost available as bank loan.