On December the 16th it was exactly 12 months since the Corwen hydro scheme was commissioned. Our estimated average annual generation is 135,000kWh. Despite a very dry spring we have come close to hitting this target having generated 130,000kWh by the end of play on the 16th December 2017.
We have had a busy year snagging and getting used to the scheme which is running very smoothly. In the New Year the cladding on the turbine house will be finished in time for our official opening in May (final date TBC). We have also worked with Denbighshire Country Side Services to secure EU funding to improve some of the walling around the turbine house and entrance to the Pen y Pigyn woodland. In 2018 these walls will be rebuilt and or improved and local people will be given the chance to learn how to dry stone wall. The funding secured will pay for an instructor to train people on dry stone walling around the hydro scheme site. If this is of interest to you then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will make sure you receive more details.
We continue to look for new opportunities and are working with Cadwyn Clwyd to explore the feasibility of a 100kW scheme at Bonwm just outside Corwen. We will know more about the viability of this shareholder run scheme in early 2018.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
From the all the directors of Corwen Electricity Cooperative