Congleton Hydro


Creating Renewable Energy for Generations to Come

Congleton Hydro Project  will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by producing enough electricity to power the equivalent of 60 homes and will also enable the creation of a Community Benefit Fund for local people.



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£100,000 to be donated to community projects over 20 years

265,000 kWh of carbon-free electricity generation per annum

283,000 tonnes of annual CO2 reduction

£58,000 forecast annual revenue

£710,000 raised in community shares

Congleton Hydro @ Havannah 

Climate Change

Learn how Congleton Hydro combats climate change and creates a legacy for a future generation.

Renewable Energy

We will reduce CO2 emissions by producing electricity to power the equivalent of 60 homes. Learn more about Hydro Electric Power.

Community Benefit Fund

The project has a projected operating surplus of around £5,000 per year which will be used to fund local community projects.


The hydro installation will consist of a 2.5m diameter, 8m long Archimedes screw driving a 75kW electrical generator.

We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

Dane Valley Community Energy (DVCE) Ltd is a “not for profit mutual society” set up to construct a new hydroelectricity generation project at Havannah Weir, just to the north of Congleton in Cheshire. The Project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by producing enough electricity to power the equivalent of 60 homes and will also enable the creation of a Community Benefit Fund for local people.

Read how a group of committed volunteers has brought the project to life! Visit the about us section.

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Congleton Hydro Newsletter March 2021

Congleton Hydro Newsletter March 2021

A short newsletter this month. Whilst a lot of work has been going on completing the channel and forebay tank for the installation of the screw, it is all nitty-gritty detail of preparing and installing rebar (twisted bits of metal rod that help provide the...

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Congleton Hydro News

Renewable energy defies Covid-19 to hit record growth in 2020

Great to see a recent article in the Guardian, renewable energy continues to grow worldwide and according to the International Energy Agency renewable energy will reach record levels in 2020 despite the pandemic. The IEA report published on Tuesday says...

Congleton Hydro Hits The Headlines!

Congleton 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 to expounding on the possible impact of coronavirus on the...

Run By The Community For The Community!

community benefit fund to support local SUSTAINABILITY projects!

Our Top Priorities

The Congleton Hydro Scheme, as well as generating “Clean Energy” and realising annual funds for Environmentally/Sustainability-based community projects, will also facilitate increased awareness of environmental and sustainability issues by the provision of an accessible Education Resource for local schools, colleges and community groups.


We must act now the climate change emergency is happening, it can feel like an insurmountable problem. Congleton Hydro is proof that a small team of committed volunteers can make a difference.


The legacy of Congleton Hydro will be developed through an education programme. We hope to encourage green champions, it’s only through awareness that we can create lasting change.

Community Fund

Surplus projects from Congleton Hydro will be invested back into the community through grants. Community groups and organisations will be invited to apply, we will benefit the local community in a number range of ways!

£710,000 Raised

Community Share Scheme

Congleton Hydro has been many years in the making, such is the nature of acquiring the land, establishing access to the site, gaining planning permission and producing a business case capable of convincing potential investors to invest £710k – it all takes a lot of time! Understand how we approached the project and ran a successful campaign. 

*Please note share offer is now closed.

As the Town Mayor of Congleton, I am delighted to see this long-awaited project starting to become a reality. Not only will it redirect renewable energy back into the community, but it will be an educational tool for future generations to see how we can harness what is already available to us and transform it into clean energy. 

- Sally-Ann Holland

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DVCE is registered as a Community Benefit Society with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (Registration Number 7142). This legal structure is regulated by the FCA and governed by rules, which can be viewed HERE.