Hydro scheme well underway

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An open day for members of the public to visit the Halton Lune Hydro scheme takes place next Thursday, March 13.

The event starts at 11am at Halton Mill in Mill Lane, Halton, which will get its electricity direct from the hydro once it’s completed.

Visitors will be given a tour of the construction site at Forge Weir, which first saw water powered generation in the 13th century.

The directors of the Halton Lune Hydro will explain how the hydro came about and the technology involved in the scheme as well as answering questions people have about the project.

This will be followed by lunch at Halton Mill.

Alan Denham, a chartered engineer who is a director of the hydro and previously oversaw the renovation of Halton Community Centre, said: “We have now completed the environmental works on the river bank and begun digging the pit for the turbine. The specialised Kaplan turbine is now ordered from the Czech Republic, and the fish screens which will protect migratory fish from the turbine have also been ordered.”

The hydro is being financed through a European grant and via a community share offer, which has already raised more than £300,000 from investors.

People can invest between £250 and £20,000: a five per cent annual return is predicted with tax relief available.