Ambergate Hydro

Having won the Co-operatives Community Energy Challenge in 2012 ADVyCE was set up as an Industrial & Provident Society, for the benefit of the community.
The largest untapped hydro opportunity in the Derwent Valley Mills corridor is the weir in Ambergate, Derbyshire.
ADVyCE Ltd have signed an agreement with the landowner to review the feasibility of reinstating the hydro power that was shut down in the 1960s.

Ambergate Weir

What do you think?

Part of the detailed feasibility study will look at the views of the local community and whether our plans are supported or not. For this purpose we have devised a simple survey for you to complete. This has been delivered to every home in Ambergate, Sawmills and Bullbridge as well as being available here online;

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The story so far…

Back in 2011 several members of Transition Belper were asking whether the Derwent was used for producing hydro power. The answer was ‘yes’, and there followed some research that identified Ambergate weir as the largest remaining unused potential site. There followed meetings with the site owners – The Litchfield Group – and research into how to go about a community benefit hydro power project.

A Hydro power scheme at ‘The Wire Works’ has the potential to generate 1.3 million kWh, reduce carbon emissions by 683 tonnes and power nearly 400 homes annually.

With funding from the Co-op the group set about forming an Industrial and Provident Society – Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy (ADVyCE) Limited.

As a Co-op we’ll be able to raise funds via a community share offering and put back a proportion of our eventual profits into local community projects as decided by our shareholders.

We were also able to commission a fisheries assessment and update an earlier feasibility study. This concluded that a new scheme would be viable but there were several options to examine. Before going ahead a more detailed feasibility study was needed to examine the options and look at local community and stakeholder support as well as potential costs and funding options. With a grant from WRAP, the Rural Communities Energy Fund we are currently working on this study.

We have held meetings and discussions with the Environment Agency, Severn Trent, anglers, canoeists, done presentations and talks to Transition Groups and parish councils and talked about our plans at Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days, Belper Goes Green and Ambergate Carnival.

What’s next?
Once the feasibility study is complete we need to complete the Environment Agency application for a Water Abstraction Licence (we need this despite returning all the water we take out back into the river) along with any other evidence they may require such as an Ecology Study. From Amber Valley Borough Council we’ll need Planning Permission and then we’ll be ready to raise funds through a community share offer.

At every stage we’ll keep everyone who joins our mailing list fully informed and up-to-date. We want this to be your local renewable energy scheme to benefit investors, the community and help save the planet.






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