Green power scheme for homes

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A “GREEN” electricity scheme will soon provide heat and light for hundreds of homes in Yorkshire, it was revealed yesterday.

TLS Hydro and Derwent Hydro have commissioned a hydropower station at Greenholme Mill on the River Wharfe in Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire.

The scheme, which is one of the first of its kind in Yorkshire, has a turbine which can generate enough power to serve around 340 homes.

A cotton mill was built on the site in 1792 and a textile manufacturer traded there until it closed in 1966.

David Williams, the chief executive of the British Hydropower Association, said the Greenholme waterpower project had improved the original mill scheme.

He added: “It helps in the reduction of carbon emissions. It respects and benefits all that lives in and around it.”

The station is a joint venture between TLS Hydropower, which owns, operate and manages eight hydropower stations in the UK, and Derwent Hydroelectric Power.

An investment loan of £200,000 provided by CO2Sense, the company that supports low-carbon electricity generation in Yorkshire, was a key element in financing the project. A further loan of £500,000 was provided by the Dutch ethical bank, Triodos.

TLS Hydro managing director Bob Middleton said: “It’s great to see Greenholme back in business and generating renewable electricity. When we found it, the leats were blocked up with decades of silt.

“Now that’s cleared the channels are flowing and generating electricity.”

greg.wright@ypn.co.uk