We hope you can support our crowdfunding campaign to make more robust repairs to the weir head. The planned works will improve both the efficiency of the turbine and improve the passage of migrating fish along the fish pass. 

A more efficient weir will not only help fish reach their spawning grounds up river, it will also allow the turbine to take in a more consistent level of water and generate more electricity.

We are aiming to raise £15,000 for the repairs, which are over and above the ongoing overheads of maintaining the Hydro.

Emergency repairs to the weir head were made in 2018 (with the approval of the Environment Agency) to prevent the weir failing, but a more permanent repair to the weir head is required. The unprecedented low level of the river this Spring makes this an optimum time for the work to be carried out if we can raise the additional funds promptly.

You can donate safely to the fund here through GoFundMe (please CLICK following image):


Settle Hydro was built in 2009 on the site of Bridge End Mill, one of a number of mills that operated on this stretch of the River Ribble until the mid-twentieth century. 

The Hydro is powered by water that is drawn from the Ribble immediately above the weir, through a sluice gate, along the mill's original head race, down the Archimedes Screw (the turbine!) and back into the Ribble a short distance from the base of the weir. Electricity is generated by the falling water rotating the Archimedes Screw turbine which, in turn, drives a generator. The electricity is fed by a direct line to the old mill building which now houses a number of apartments. Electricity that is not needed by the apartments is fed into the National Grid. 



Settle Hydro is owned by Settle Hydro Limited, a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. The Society is managed by a group of voluntary Directors who are appointed by the Society's Members (Shareholders) at Annual General Meetings. Membership of the Society is open to any person, organisation or business that meets the requirements of the Society's Rules and invests at least £250 in the Society's shares. Each Member has one vote at General Meetings irrespective of the number of shares they own.

Any money earned by the Society after payment of overheads (rent, rates, lease, professional fees, etc.) is distributed to local community organisations as determined by the Members. A proportion of any money earned can also, at the discretion of the Members, be paid to the Members as Interest on their investment.

We are looking to recruit additional volunteers to join the small, dedicated team who help keep the hydro running at maximum power.

The daily screen clearing is organised on a flexible rota basis so the more team members we have then the fewer times each individual is required.

The time taken to clear the screen depends on the amount of debris to be cleared and can be from a couple of minutes to 30 minutes. The work is moderately physical. Training will be given and equipment provided. You will need to have access to the internet.
If you think you may like to join the Hydro Team
then please contact Steve Amphlett

Settle Hydro Limited 

Settle Hydro

A pioneering community hydroelectric scheme generating funds for local projects