THE INNOVATIVE Saddleworth Community Hydro at Dovestone Reservoir will throw open its doors in September as part of the nationwide Community Energy Fortnight 2015.
The turbine, which is the country’s first at a high head dam, sparked into fruition a year ago after five years of hard work from the eco-friendly Saddleworth Community Hydro Group.
The pioneering scheme uses the 16 million litres of water released from the reservoir every day, with some diverted through the turbine house, to extract energy and generate electricity.
This is supplied to and distributed via the National Grid and generates hydroelectricity to produce enough zero carbon electricity for about 100 homes.
The turbine, built with help from United Utilities and Renewables First, is owned by local shareholders and won the Institution of Civil Engineers 2015 NW regional Community Award.
And now, members of the public will get a unique chance to see the turbine in operation, extracting energy from the water, on the Open Day on Saturday, September 12 from 10am to 4pm.
Saddleworth Community Hydro Group said: “We hope our event inspires others to generate or save energy for the benefit of their own local communities, themselves, and our environment.
“Since starting our community energy project a year ago we are proud of our achievements, which include generation of 350 MWh, – enough for about 100 homes.”
This is one of many special events being held throughout the UK as part of Community Energy Fortnight 2015 from September 5-20 to celebrate community-owned renewable energy generation.
Community energy projects are schemes owned by the local community and have the potential to strengthen the local economy, reduce carbon emissions, and lower fuel bills.
For more information about the Saddleworth Community Hydro and the event please visit: www.saddleworthhydro.co.uk