Yesterday i got very wet. Blue sky and breath-taking views then the weather forecast was spot on. Quite a bit of hydro juice fell out of the sky. NT Ysbyty Ifan estate near Betws y Coed was my destination. Met up with our hydro engineer John and headed off to meet Edward Richie at his NT farm to see how the installation of his 66kw Kw hydro was going. He was just receiving his 500m of pipe when we called in. had a chat and cup of tea and then up the hill to see the weir. really nice site and easily accessible as is his power house. Every farm should have one. he thinks it should be generating around March next year. “Its better than feeding something all winter and then selling it off” It rains a lot here and I can count on making electricity to help with the farm” its something to hand on to my children.” he is also eyeing up another hydro on the farm. Like me and everyone i know on hydros. The bug bites deep when it does.
John and I then head up the Mountain to survey one of the biggest hydro’s we have on the “possible hydro” list. The Upper Conwy on paper and scanning the maps looks like a 1MW hydro. The hydro would need to take water from the Upper Conwy and the Serw rivers. Big hydro = big cost. The intake points were quite a distance from the possible turbine building and on first look the Upper Conwy is also a very ‘gorgey’ as John called it. Difficult to take the pipe out of the river although we could use a syphon system and go up hill a little bit. after 10miles of walking and quite a bit of ‘getting wet” we think we have the makings of a large hydro. phase 1 complete. will the landscape let you build? phase two – should we build it – ecology, aesthetics, archeology now need to be looked at as well as how far away is the necessary grid capacity