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Congleton Hydro is the name of a new, small-scale hydro-electric scheme being developed at Havannah Weir on the River Dane by Dane Valley Community Energy (DVCE).  The scheme is based on a variable speed Archimedes screw which will generate up to 65 kW, depending on river flow.  Annual energy production is estimated to be in the region of 260,000 kWh, equivalent to over 60 average households.  The River Dane is classified as a ‘medium base flow’ river and the Havannah Weir site benefits from over 40km2 of catchment area.  Average rainfall is over 900mm per annum, providing a dependable supply of water.  It re-uses a weir which has been in place for over 250 years.




























































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  • Interview with Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce MP recently met members of the team at the Old Sawmill in Congleton to present them with an Eco Seal of Approval award from the Cong Bear.  Here ...
    Posted 15 Feb 2020, 08:23 by Congleton Hydro
  • Site Preparation Work Begins During some of the wettest, windiest weather of the winter, arborists from Dobells Tree Management begin the task of clearing the trees necessary to construct the hydro scheme and protect ...
    Posted 15 Feb 2020, 05:47 by Congleton Hydro
  • Agreement with the Environment Agency on a new Fish Pass is moving ahead. The EA have secured funding and approved a business case for the design of a fish pass at Havannah weir.  A draft agreement is being finalised for the work to ...
    Posted 15 Feb 2020, 04:16 by Congleton Hydro
  • Drop in and See Us Come and quiz the Team . Following the great success of our Drop In session with Fiona Bruce we've organised two more sessions for you to come in and ...
    Posted 15 Feb 2020, 06:39 by Congleton Hydro
  • Share Offer is Launched The Share Offer was launched on the 1st of February as planned. Its going well. As of 11th February we have had 184 new Share Prospectus registrations and raised nearly ...
    Posted 15 Feb 2020, 10:04 by Congleton Hydro
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DVCE is associated with the Congleton Sustainability Group and was set up in 2015 by local people as a Community Benefit Company to procure, install and operate a hydro-electric plant at Havannah Weir.  Seed funding has financed professional feasibility studies to confirm the potential of the site and early stage project development. More details regarding DVCE are available here.

The objectives of the project are to generate carbon-free electricity and utilise any profits for community benefit schemes in Congleton and its surrounding areas.  We are awaiting official consents to permit construction of the project, with the intention to commence construction during 2018.