On Saturday 5th September Saddleworth Community Hydro (SCH) were the proud recipients of a Community Energy England Award.
Community Energy England was established in May 2014 as a not for profit organisation, set up to provide a voice for the community energy sector and help create the conditions within which community energy can flourish.
Out of the eight categories of award up for grabs, Saddleworth Community Hydro won the Community Energy Collaboration Award.
The community energy industry gathered at a vibrant ceremony in Oxford on 5 September to showcase and celebrate the communities, projects and individuals that are at the forefront of the community energy revolution.
Saddleworth Community Hydro, which has a hydro-electric turbine at the base of Dove Stone dam, was presented with the Community Energy Collaboration Award by Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of Marks& Spencer Energy. This recognises a ground breaking venture in terms of an association between a small community group and United Utilities who own the reservoir.
The winners were chosen from a high-quality shortlist of entrants from across the country by an independent panel of judges who have expert knowledge in sustainable energy.
“Community Energy England is pleased to be hosting these awards for the first time this year”, said Phillip Wolfe chairman of CEE, which organises the awards. “We have been delighted by the abundance of good entries. All finalists are exemplars in their field and leading the UK’s community energy drive”
Inspired by the film, “An Inconvenient Truth”, the Saddleworth Community Hydro station generates 50 KW of sustainable energy using the compensation water from a United Utilities’ reservoir in the Peak District National Park. With 160 shareholders, this first scheme for England will plough its profits back into local environmental and educational projects.
The picture shows, from left to right: Jonathan Hazeldine Head of M&S Energy, Alison Brittle, SCH, Richard Rider, Renewables First, Bill Edwards, Chair SCH, Peter Gill, Rural and Operational Property Manager at United Utilities.
If you would like to see round the Saddleworth turbine house for yourself, you will be most welcome to drop in to the Open Day next Saturday, 12 September, 10 a.m. – 4.p.m at Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield. OL3 7NE. For more information visit: www.saddleworthhydro.co.uk
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