In all this doom and gloom in the renewables world, work still carries on. Anafon community hydro #heroes

the Canyon 295kw hydro in place and ready to start making kw's. just waiting for the final grid link. party after 25th of Oct cross fingers

The Canyon 295kw pelton hydro in place and ready to start making kwh’s. Just waiting for the final grid link. Party after 25th of Oct cross fingers

It’s not very wise to be doing medium term planning at the moment in the world of renewables or should we say its wise to be doing some ‘what if’ scenarios in the world of renewables. Guess what I’m doing at the moment. I am ‘what if’ing’ a spreadsheet to death at the moment. but every now and then its good to raise your head up and see some stunning work going on. from a chat in the community cafe in Aber to this has taken 4 1/2 years and feels like a lifetime. The Anafon community hydro is there bar the bells and whistles. Turbine in place (tick) pipe in place (tick) weir complete (tick) water through the pipe (tick) grid connection completed (Oct 25th) 6 months from cutting turf to completing the civils on what is a 2 mile pipe and a turbine building in a National Nature Reserve, weir in an SSSi and SAC. As they would say in Yorkshire ‘not bad’ but think that a bloody brilliant is called on. Lets just say the lessons learnt are many, deep and question many a large organisations ability to deal with communities. The small and perfectly formed project team (Gavin, Hywel and Jacqui) have a many a scar and many an honest view to share. More to come on this. But for now following yesterdays 28-25 score and seeing Anafon on the cusp of generating its been a nice weekend all in all

Innovation in bucket loads but this is probably one of the best. Oak sleepers on the weir. not only for aesthetics but also as part of the stucture. this may the first of many. quicker, cheaper and environmentally whats not to like!

Innovation in bucket loads but this is probably one of the best. Oak sleepers on the weir. Not only for aesthetics but also as part of the structure. This may be the first of many. Quicker, cheaper and environmentally whats not to like!

you can see the oak better in this image

You can see the oak better in this ‘during construction’ image

two miles and 220 meter loer down we have water leaving the turbine building. success!

two miles and 220 meter lower down we have water leaving the turbine building. success!

http://www.anafonhydro.co.uk/latest-news

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One Response to In all this doom and gloom in the renewables world, work still carries on. Anafon community hydro #heroes

  1. Tom Jenkins says:

    Another great community project!

    Is the project already delivering great benefits back to the community and what has been the biggest gain from the project?

    Would you say these type of projects are still feasible across the UK given recent changes in Government?

    Many thanks
    Tom

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