Hydropower scheme a possibility

By Gary Smee 24/02 Updated: 24/02 13:34

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Buy photos » Transition Pershore will look into the possibility of building a hydropower scheme at Nafford Weir. Picture by Bob Embleton.

THE POSSIBILITY of building a new hydropower scheme at Nafford Weir near Pershore will be looked into it has been revealed.

Transition Pershore, the community group seeking to increase local sustainability, has won a government grant of £34,000 to see if it can be done.

The award, from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), was made from the department’s Local Energy Assessment Fund, recently set up to fund exploratory work for community renewable energy generation or energy saving schemes.

It will allow the group to use a specialist company, All Rivers Hydro, to fully assess the potential and viability of the proposed scheme, to carry out surveys and to prepare specifications and estimates. Meanwhile the Sharenergy Co-operative will assist with the business side.

Dr Trevor Pryce-Jones, chairman of Transition Pershore, said: "We’re all very excited about the scheme.

"Our immediate challenge is to carry out all necessary preliminary work by the end of March, the Government's deadline. "Early indications are that the site is an excellent one for the development of a hydropower plant, with potential to generate around 190 kW when operating at peak conditions.

"Being almost equidistant between the villages of Birlingham, Eckington and Great Comberton, and only four miles from Pershore, we believe the scheme will attract lots of support from these communities. We are looking forward to being able to present our proposals once the preliminary work has been done."

Transition Pershore will be holding a public meeting on Friday, April 20 at 7.30pm in the Courtyard Room at Pershore Number 8 when there will be an opportunity to learn more about hydro power from Len Marlow of All Rivers Hydro.

For more details log onto http://transitionpershore.org

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