How have hydro plans developed?
|Coetir Mynydd completed purchase of Coed y Parc dam and surrounding woodland
|Scoping of dam repairs
|Failed to secure funds (£90,000) to undertake dam repairs from Aggregates Levy – decided to undertake repairs at same time as installing hydro to share costs and also to secure a long term income against maintenance costs.
Installed level sensor at dam to estimate flow regime on river (funded by First Hydro) – early results suggested 10 kW possible from Coed y Parc dam.
|Initial approaches to The Environment Agency, Gwynedd Council etc. No specific grants available for community micro-hydro – unsuccessful applications for funding to E-On and First Hydro to support feasibility studies.
|No sources of funding for hydro development identified.
|Scoping report for restoring and using original waterwheels at Felin Fawr – general conclusion was the infrastructure is too derelict to restore and would only produce modest amounts of power (6-10 kW).
|Dulas pre-feasibility report funded by Environment Wales looked at two options:
• Intake on Coed y Parc dam 12-15 kW
• Intake on Llyn Pen Bont dam (above Amana bridge) 100 kW
Decided to explore further options completely within Coetir Mynydd land to avoid problems locating and negotiating with neighbouring landowners.
|Dulas Feasibility study funded by Waterloo Foundation. This considered two options for intake at dam or inflow into the reservoir. Neither were considered financially viable
Option of installing a domestic scale 5kW scheme at low cost to generate a low level income was outlined.
|Purchase of plot of land at bottom of woods – this is primarily for conservation but has a derelict garage which is ideally sited to serve as a turbine house for a hydro.
|Re-initiation of work on hydro as other community ventures shown to be viable.
Funding from Ynni’r Fro to commission Ellergreen to conduct pre-feasibility study to reconsider the high head option proposed by Dulas in 2010.
Pre-application enquiry for abstraction license (NRW) and initial planning enquiry (Gwynedd Council) made – no major objections raised, specific surveys requested to accompany applications.
Obtained Grid connection offer from SPEN.
|Funding obtained from Community Investment Fund (Mantell Gwynedd) to conduct village consultation on hydro scheme and from Ynni Lleol for feasibility study.
|Funding released in October by Ynni Lleol and held over by Mantell Gwynedd.