Dane Valley Community Energy's story
Dane Valley Community Energy (DVCE) is a not-for-profit organisation, consisting of professional, skilled and environmentally conscious volunteers. DVCE will install and operate the hydro-electric generation plant on the River Dane, at Havannah Weir. The weir, which has been in place for more than 250 years will now be used to generate energy from rainwater providing a renewable, greener form of energy generation. The project has successfully secured funding using a community shared ownership scheme organised by Shareenergy.
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The scheme produces 275kWh carbon-free electricity generation per year, which reduces Cheshire East's output of CO2 emissions and reliance on fossil fuels for energy generation.
The project has a projected surplus of approximately £5,000 per year which will be used to fund other local community projects.
The Hydro-electric generation plant maintains Congleton’s industrial heritage and provides the opportunity to raise awareness of environmental issues and offer an exceptional educational resource for local schools.
A Rural Community Energy Fund government grant in 2020 supported the provision of evidence to approve the scheme.
More information can be found here: https://www.localenergynw.org/files/case_studies/energy-hub-case-study-congleton-hydro.pdf?57dd516501
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Amount of projected surplus per year (£5,000).