Lake District Hydro-Electric project to be launched

A green energy scheme, valued a £1.5 million, is set to turn a Cumbrian stream into a mini power station and the biggest hydro-electric project in the Lake District.

A green energy scheme, valued a £1.5 million, is set to turn a Cumbrian stream into a mini power station and the biggest hydro-electric project in the Lake District.

The scheme hopes to provide electricity for hundreds of homes using a small weir on found in a mountain stream. The power is generated via a 60cm buried pipe that runs 1km downhill into a small stone and slate barn containing the water turbine and other generating equipment.

The project is located at Logan Gill, a tributary of the River Duddon, near Broughton in Furness, it is hoped the hydro-electric project will provide enough energy to cater annually for 1,000 people, and save 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

It is one of the first renewable energy schemes in UK to benefit from the governments new 'Clean Energy Cashback' initiative, a scheme that allows energy suppliers make regular payments to householders and communities who generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources.

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