The new hydro-electric plant, installed in the old Town Mill at Lyme Regis (Dorset, UK) is an excellent example of local renewable projects happening around the country. It takes advantage of the government’s Clear Skies Renewable Energy grants, an old mill system already in place and lots of local community spirit!
Clear Skies is now replaced by the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. The low carbon buildings programme will provide grants for microgeneration technologies to householders, community organisations, schools, the public and not for profit sector and private businesses.
The new hydro-electric system at Lyme Regis was officially opened on 1 March 2007, when children from three local schools operated two sluices to direct river water into the hydro system before the water turbine was switched on to start producing our ‘green’ electricity.