Last updated October 26th 2016
Summer Builds Completed – now into the winter builds.
We completed 4 schemes over the summer; 9kW, 21kW, and two schemes of 30kW. However, with the wetter weather approaching we are pleased to say that we have completed all ‘in-river’ works (streams really) for a further 4 hydropower systems enabling us to focus on the elements outside of the watercourse. (On most streams there are restrictions on when you can work to ensure you don’t impact on fish spawning).
Yes, its getting colder but we’ll still be out there working!
Two more sites completed
In the last two weeks we have completed two sizeable schemes; one at 21kW in mid Wales and a much larger 100kW system for the National Trust in north Wales
To date TGV Hydro has installed twelve schemes with about 282kW of capacity, providing enough electricity for at least 200 homes.
See us on S4C
S4C filmed us last week and at the Spring Fair at Builth Wells on the weekend. The programme is to be transmitted on Saturday 24th May at 8.00pm.
Two new schemes handed over
Two new schemes have been handed over to their owners this week. The first in mid-Wales is a 30Kw system for Penllergaer Estates, the second a 17Kw set-up for the National Trust in North Wales.
National Trust visit Hydrolite
Recently two people from the National Trust visited our sister company, Hydrolite, who produce the valves and turbines used in our micro-hydro schemes. From the look of their report they were most impressed and will be reporting further on Hydrolite’s developments.
TGV win Wales Green Energy award
TGV Hydro and our parent company TGV CIC have won the Best Community Initiative prize at the inaugural Wales Green Energy awards. The judges said:
Green Valleys Community Interest Company, Brecon Beacons
The Green Valleys (TGV) is a community initiative that has established itself as a ground-breaking model for the way renewable energy can be implemented for community benefit in Wales. TGV has set up and solely owns a hydro component manufacturing company (Hydrolite). No community group has ever attempted a renewable initiative of this scale before. TGV have installed over 10 hydro schemes in the last year and are developing over 30 community owned hydro schemes and over 60 in total across Wales. All profits go back into grassroots initiatives.
TGV announced as finalist for inaugural Wales Green Energy Awards
TGV, and sister company Hydrolite, have been announced as finalists in the first Wales Green Energy Awards. The new awards, organised by RenewableUK Cymru, celebrate the achievements of the green energy industry in Wales.
A panel of independent judges comprising Lee Water, Director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, Peter Davies, Wales’ Commissioner for Sustainable Futures and Chris Kelsey, Environmental Editor at Media Wales, will choose the winners of the seven categories to be announced in a ceremony on Wednesday 9 October in St David’s Hotel in Cardiff.
Llywelyn Rhys, Deputy Director of RenewableUK Cymru, said: “This is the first year that we have run the Wales Green Energy Awards and we have been impressed with the quality of the entries. It was good to see such a spread of green energy projects taking place right across Wales and the judges will have a hard job choosing the winners.”
TGV are nominated for the Best Community Initiative, Hydrolite for Supply Chain Development and TGV Manager Grenville Ham BEM for Outstanding Contribution to public awareness of green energy. Results announced on Wednesday 9th October.
Successful Royal Welsh Show
We had a very successful week at the Royal Welsh Show – even if the Duchess of Cornwall didn’t quite call in at our stand – meeting lots of interested farmers and landowners who understand the great benefits of hydro over other forms of renewable energy – particularly in Wales.
TGV Hydro shortlisted for UK Award
TGV Hydro has been shortlisted in the Community category for the prestigious UK Renewable Energy Association Awards 2013. For more information about these awards click here (external site).
NFU Cymru pushes micro-hydro for farmers
The Welsh arm of the National Farmers Union is lobbying the Welsh Government to improve to ease of obtaining permissions to install micro-hydro systems to enable farmers to become net energy exporters. Read the article here.
New section – Frequently Asked Questions
A comprehensive guide on the ins and outs of getting a hydro-electric system has been added to the Overview section of this site.
Interest free loans for Powys residents
Powys County Council and the Robert Owen Community Banking Partnership have recently announced an Interest free loan scheme to assist homeowners in Powys to install renewable energy and carbon reduction measures, including hydro. The maximum amount is £5000 per installation, but more than one technology can be installed with that sum for each. For more details and an application pack, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 3138458.
Work has started on yet another TGV Hydro site, this time on a 16kWh system in the Black Mountains, beginning with the construction of the turbine house.
New FIT rates for Hydro
OFGEM has announced the new Feed-In Tariff rates for all forms of renewable energy for the coming 12 months. For new Micro Hydro schemes the rates are:-
Hydro generating station with total installed capacity of 15kW or less: 21.65p per Unit.
Hydro generating station with total installed capacity greater than 15kW but not exceeding 100kW: 20.21p per Unit.
Remember also that there will be additional payments for exporting surplus energy to the Grid. Some companies will allow up to 75% of your output to be counted in this way.
For full details see the link on our Links and Resources page
Another TGV Hydro success story
TGV Hydro have helped yet another client to obtain the necessary permissions for their hydro installation. This one is an up-rated system – the owner was so impressed by the small system he had previously that he asked TGV Hydro to investigate the real potential of his stream and to go ahead and get the permissions. Construction will start soon.
TGV Hydro adds ecologist to staff
Former National Park and Countryside Council for Wales ecologist Graham Cowden has joined the staff of TGV Hydro, enhancing our capabilities in the environmental aspects of obtaining permissions for micro-hydro systems. A brief resume of Graham’s career is now available here.
Helicopter to Hydro!
A dramatic photo of TGV Hydro helicoptering materials up to the National Trust’s 15KwH Gorsen scheme in Snowdonia.
Two more schemes approved
TGV Hydro have received the formal Planning and Environment Agency approvals for two more schemes near Brecon, plus another only awaiting EA approval. With each of the three schemes due to produce around 18KwH, this is another big boost for helping Wales meet it’s renewable energy targets.
Hydropower is the “most sustainable”
Researchers in Italy and the UK have found that hydroelectric power is the most sustainable of the conventional electricity generating techniques. They found hydroelectric power to be the most acceptable environmentally and economically.
See a TGV system in operation
Here’s a short video of one of TGV Hydro’s schemes in full ‘Glorious Technicolour’!
Video clip on TGV Hydro
Click here for a short intro to TGV Hydro on YouTube
First National Trust TGV scheme gets underway
The construction of first hydro designed by TGV Hydro for the National Trust gets underway this month with a helicopter lift of the intake materials high up in Snowdonia. The National Trust have announced that they want all of the National Trust in Wales to be entirely energy self sufficient by 2015. TGV Hydro are discussing a number of micro-hydro sites with them and hope to be a key player in helping NTW achieve their aim. See Gren’s picture of the bags awaiting take-off on our Twitter feed @tgvhydro.
More rain coming!
Great news for hydro owners and those contemplating installing a hydro comes from the Weather Watch column of the Daily Telegraph: Latest statistics show that extreme rain is becoming more frequent. Long-term averages of 30-year periods show an increase in annual rainfall of about 5% from 1961-1990 to 1981 – 2010. Contact TGV now at email@example.com and make the most of our natural resources.
Award for Grenville
In the latest New Year’s Honours list, Grenville Ham, TGV Hydro Pre-construction Manager, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to renewable energy in Wales. Congratulations to Grenville on this richly deserved honour for all his sterling work in promoting renewable energy, and particularly micro-hydro, over the past years.
Planning Permission granted
TGV Hydro has successfully obtained all the necessary permissions from the Environment Agency and the Brecon Beacons National Park for a 17Kwh peak power system in the Black Mountains and plan to begin construction in the near future.
Two completed systems
TGV Hydro has completed two new full systems this Autumn, one of 11.5kw and one of 6.5 kw. We are currently building 2 more (12.7kw and 8kw) and are just about to start work on a 15kw system for the National Trust.
In both completed cases TGV Hydro worked with the landowners from start to finish of the projects, including gaining all the necessary licences and planning approvals and installed the intakes, penstocks and Hydrolite turbines. A short video clip of one of these systems can be seen above. You can also contact TGV to arrange a site visit to one of the schemes to see it with your own eyes.
In the pipeline
in addition to the completed schemes above, we currently have more than 20 schemes at Design and Permissions stage, working on behalf of our clients to design their systems and obtain the relevant Environment Agency and Planning approvals to allow construction to proceed.
At the earlier stages of Viability Reports and Feasibility Studies, there is a regular stream of enquiries coming in from all across Wales, as word of mouth about TGV Hydro spreads. To find out more contact Suzy O’Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07969137719
Recognition for TGV Hydro
TGV Hydro has gained further recognition as a top social enterprise having reached the Finals of the prestigious Social Enterprise Awards 2012 Wales, sponsored by the Wales Co-operative Centre and the Welsh Government.
Keep up to date
Look in the Links and resources section for the latest information on FITs and other official information.