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Another successful year for Stockport Hydro Ltd as 17 local projects benefit from the 2020 Environmental Challenge Award

Representatives of the projects will receive their awards at 2:00pm on Friday 13th March 2020 at Stockport Hydro at Otterspool on the River Goyt.  This year the fund, created by the sale of renewable energy and donations by members, has been increased to £3,970.

Awards will be presented to:

  • Alexandra Park Primary School, Edgeley; to help a nurture garden within the school.

  • Rose Hill Primary School, Marple; equipment to expand the allotment and wildlife area

  • Hatton Hill Top Sanctuary, Heaton Norris; tools and supplies to support wildlife walks.

  • Walthew House, Shaw Heath; planters, pots and compost for a sensory planting party.

  • Friends of Marple Memorial Park; replacing aged bird and bat boxes

  • Dial Park Primary School, Offerton; cameras, wind chimes and feeders for forest garden

  • Friends of Etherow; storage bench for bird food and seating.

  • Great Moor Junior School; support for an artist working with children on conservation.

  • Woodley & Romiley Towpath Team; materials and equipment to enhance the path.

  • Friends of Scholes Park, Gatley; signs and notices to encourage use of play areas.

  • St Mary’s CE Primary School, South Reddish; provision of raised vegetable beds.

  • Ist Marple Scout Group; items and equipment to support environmental activities.

  • MESS; contribution to publicity for energy saving strategy event.

  • Warren Wood Primary School, Offerton; tools and equipment for forest school

  • Sustainable Living in the Heatons; tree-surgeon to position bird and bat boxes

  • Marple Sports Club; materials for workshops and improving water storage

  • Friends of Tangshutt, Romiley; equipment to trap and study moths and wildlife. 

Stockport Hydro is run entirely by volunteers and produces power that is fed directly into the National Grid. This creates an income that maintains the scheme, pays a return to investors and the Environmental Challenge fund.  Over the anticipated 40-year life of the project, the scheme expects to save over 100,000 tonnes of CO2.

To see the full press release:
Environmental Challenge Fund (PDF FORMAT)
Environmental Challenge Fund (WORD FORMAT)

Our Story

Stockport Hydro, a renewable energy scheme at Otterspool Weir on the river Goyt near Marple, Stockport, is Greater Manchester's first community-owned hydro-electric project. Our two Archimedes screws, Thunder and Lightning, have been operational since October 2012, generating renewable electricity which is fed into the National Grid. We are accredited to earn the Government's Feed-in-Tariff and the Environment Agency has approved our operation to ensure no damage to the river's eco-system and wildlife.

Our income comes from the sale of electricity and the FiTs payment we receive for each unit of electricity we generate. This income is used to offset the costs of the scheme, pay back our creditors and generate a return for our investors. In addition to contributing to a reduced carbon footprint, we are using surplus funds generated by the scheme to support and invest in a range of local community projects. The whole Project was funded primarily by a Community Share Offer, with a supporting grants and loans. Over one third of our 323 Members live in the local Stockport area with others all over the country. We work as a cooperative and all share a common interest in community-based schemes generating renewable energy.

With two Archimedes screws which can operate independently and at variable speeds, we have been able to generate power even at times of low water levels: a first, we believe, for schemes such as this. We generate enough clean, green energy to power about 60 homes, saving over 100 tonnes of CO2 per year or over 4,000 tonnes during the estimated 40 year life of the project.


Update from Stockport Hydro Chairman Ben Alexander - "We are delighted to say that in November 2017 we achieved the ONE-GIGA, that is 1 billion watt hours of electricity produced, all thanks to our brilliant team of volunteers”

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