Anafon Hydro up and running
270 kW community-owned installation hits the grid!
21 December 2015
In some good news for community renewable energy, we're delighted to see that earlier this month Anafon Hydro – one of the community energy groups we supported through the Community Energy Challenge – began generating clean, renewable electricity for the community in this stunning area of the Snowdonia National Park.
The 270 kW installation will provide enough electricity for over 230 households in the village of Abergwyngregyn in North Gwynydd. The project was completed ahead of time and under budget.
This is a 'high-head' scheme which means that it uses a relatively small amount of water but falling over a large height. In Anafon's case, the water driving the generators is diverted through nearly 3km of buried pipework from a weir which is a some distance upstream and 232m higher (vertically) than the turbine.
Anafon Hydro is entirely community owned and was funded by a very successful community share issue that raised an incredible £450,900 and a loan from Charity Bank. For more information, see the Anafon Hydro website and in particular the images on the news page.