The community-led project to develop hydro power at Teddington Weir is moving ahead rapidly.
The project has received a favourable flood risk assessment and a new ‘fish impact’ study is currently being carried out. A top city law firm has given its support to the scheme in the form of pro bono legal support, research is underway into Provident Societies & share issues and a public planning meeting is being planned for the end of the month.
If any local individuals or companies are interested in the project, it is still looking for funding opportunities. You can tentatively register your interest using this online survey and also ask questions and sign-up for further news updates.
The group could also benefit from a large pot of funding from EnergyShare if enough support for the scheme is registered (click the “Support This” button and register). If you wish to add your support for Ham Hydro then please take a few minutes to register. Once planning permission is approved this hydropower turbine solution could power 600 homes, save on 1000 tonnes of CO2 emissions as well as providing an excellent case study for other water-powered energy projects.
Photo: Jacques De Molay
If you have any further questions about the hydro project, email HUG director Chas Warlow. The project to create green power has the backing of local MPs, Zac Goldsmith and Vince Cable, as well as Richmond Council and a host of local groups and organisations.
[Update] A public meeting for those interested in the proposed hydro development will be held on the 16th June 2011 at Grey Court School, Ham (7-9pm). Project directors will be attending to explain their proposal and answer questions.