See what you think? – the weir for the Snowdon hydro is now complete

the finish on the weir is exactly the same as the photomontage. really happy with the team effort

the finish on the weir is exactly the same as the photomontage. really happy with the team effort

Autumn is now starting to shift up in the mountains. it was a bit damp and cloudy this morning when i went up to see the finishing touches on the weir. ‘perfect’ is the main word for the finish. Wynn from the farm was up by the weir yesterday and a passerby complemented the finish of the weir and asked ‘when were we going to install the pipe’!  he was really surprised when Wynn informed him that the mile of pipe was already in. Exactly the finish we were aiming for.  they are now pressure testing the pipe for leaks

looks good from all angles. the still clear blue water looking so inviting (if a tad chilly) we knew the finish was everything on this job and i think we have cracked it. But lets see what the visitors and our peer groups have to say

looks good from all angles. the still clear blue water looking so inviting (if a tad chilly) We knew the finish was everything on this job and I think we have cracked it. But lets see what the visitors and our peer groups have to say

the turbine building is coming on at a rate of knots. The building is now weather proof and the estate larch cladding is going on. Electricians move in next week and the turbine and generator arrive on the 28th of Oct. Still lots to do but hoping to be generating before the end of the year. The building now looks much smaller in the landscape. Well…it is 1m lower because of the over large boulders which came out of the foundation resulting in a building which sits deeper into the landscape (this extra 1m  also adds 0.5% ish extra to the overall generation!)

The larch looking quite raw at the moment but should have turned a silvery grey by the end of next summer

The larch looking quite raw at the moment but should have turned a silvery grey by the end of next summer

 

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10 Responses to See what you think? – the weir for the Snowdon hydro is now complete

  1. Congratulations, Keith, to you and the team on such good progress to you. I look back to that good day we spent with you earlier in the summer; we stand ready to see if we can help any of the community organisations who attended when they need to receive a loan for their projects.
    Best wishes, Patrick

    • Keith Jones says:

      I think the challenge between the risk the bank would consider on project financing vs debt financing is an an interesting area of research we are in the middle of. Thanks again for coming down and opening our eyes. We should have he planning permission on Anafon before the end of the week. All the best

  2. Lizzy says:

    The stonework on the weir looks fantastic!

    • Keith Jones says:

      Thanks. As the old saying goes. Measure a hundred times cut only once. Feels like that with the weir. Photomontages, looking for stone sites, trial panels and then the actual build. It looks nice and simple which means it took a long time. Architectural panel, curators, rangers and the NT team did the cladding.

  3. Looking good. Nice job. Very interesting to keep up with the progress on this project.

  4. Great to see how the wier looks now that the screen’s gone in. I had a snoop around a few weeks ago and was seriously impressed with the quality of the finish and landscaping. Llongyfarchiadau i Keith, John a chriw Hafod y Llan.

  5. Looks great!
    Although I’m extremely biased in this respect, I would have thought a slate roof would have been in order?

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