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"just 28 months from Idea to Generation"

The idea for Settle Hydro was first floated when Steve Amphlett was approached in August 2007 by Water Power Enterprises (H20PE), a Community Interest Company with a mission to develop hydropower schemes to tackle global warming. At that time, Steve was Chairman of both the Settle Chamber of Trade and 'Going Green in Settle'.

H20PE had identified Settle Weir as a potential location for a low-head hydro scheme and were looking for a local community group with which they could form a partnership to build the Hydro. Steve jumped at the chance to be involved and quickly recruited Ann Harding to the cause.

After an extremely challenging but exhilarating 28 months, the Hydro began to generate clean, green, renewable energy in December 2009.


Time Line

'Idea to Generation'

Initial Idea August 2007 0 mths
Information Day March 2008 7 mths
Initial Share Offer September 2008 13 mths
Planning Permission Granted February 2009 18 mths
Abstraction Licence Granted March 2009 19 mths
Started to Build June 2009 22 mths
Screw Delivered October 2009 26 mths
Started Generating December 2009 28 mths


Slide Show

Key Stages during the Construction of Settle Hydro