Torrs Hydro started to produce electricity on the 4 September 2008, and in doing so became the first community owned and funded hydropower scheme operating in the country. The scheme costing around £300,000 was set up with a grant of £135,000, the community and a loan. It will generate 260,000kW/h of electricity each year for the foreseeable future.
Electricity is produced by an Archimedean type screw system, the water flowing into the top of the screw and is held in pockets, which are pulled down by gravity turning the screw in the process. The power produced is used by the Co-operative Store, in Church Road, New Mills with any surplus sold to the National Grid.
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THE TORRS HYDRO AT NEW MILLS
An initiative that became on the 4 September 2008, the first community owned and funded hydropower scheme operating in the country.
This pioneering scheme not only puts New Mills on the map for the provision of renewable energy, but also helps fund a community grants scheme.
For more information visit New Mills Heritage Centre and the website: www.torrshydro.co.uk
CUPS OF TEA
During the first 22 days, following the starting of electricity production sufficient power was generated to make around 600,000 cups of tea.
NEW MILLS FEATURE
Spectacular New Mills! But many people who drive through the town by car are completely unaware of the secret beauty that lies below. The Torrs Riverside Park provides access to a dramatic gorge and an area of stunning natural beauty.
THE DISCOVER DERBYSHIRE AND THE PEAK DISTRICT GUIDE
Provides a wide range of features with heritage trails and detailed countryside walks, through some of the most scenically attractive countryside in the UK.
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