Herefordshire Hydro


Co-op store runs directly on hydro power Wednesday, 03 December 2008
The Co-operative Group (Co-op) is powering its New Mills food store in Derbyshire using water from the nearby River Goyt.

According to the company, the micro-hydro installation can power more than 50% of the store's energy needs a year.

Local people own and fund the sustainable energy project through a "unique share scheme", the Co-op said.

Sustainable development manager Chris Shearlock said: "The Co-operative's family of businesses have worked together to support the innovative scheme, with a grant from The Co-operative Fund to help with the establishment of community-ownership and The Co-operative Bank helping with commercial finance.

"We are also planning to extend this support to further micro-hydro schemes across the country."

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