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.


  • Hydro Hits the Headlines Our Hydro Scheme was front page news at the Congleton Chronicle this week. Inspired by our March 30th newsletter to investors and potential investors, the "Chron" devoted its front page ...
    Posted 4 Apr 2020, 03:45 by Congleton Hydro
  • Council Pours Praise on Hydro Scheme "Congleton Hydro Power project has been hailed for its sustainability by the (Cheshire East) Borough Council".. So states the Congleton Chronicle in it's article published on April 3rd. For ...
    Posted 4 Apr 2020, 03:43 by Congleton Hydro
  • Upcoming Webinars We'll be holding several Webinars  over the next two weeks to explain our scheme and how to invest. Following on from the success of the first and second, we ...
    Posted 26 Mar 2020, 01:04 by Congleton Hydro
  • Town Hall meeting cancelled due to Coronavirus measures Watch this space for announcements on upcoming interactive webinars
    Posted 17 Mar 2020, 12:10 by Congleton Hydro
  • What do the Congleton Hydro enthusiasts say about the project? Last Sunday we had Bob and Paul explaining the key details about Congleton Hydro scheme. See the video below.Thanks to Boyan and Thomas for recording and editing the video
    Posted 4 Mar 2020, 13:33 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.