We were proud to be awarded the title of Powys Small Business of the Year (open to companies with 10 or less employees) at the recent award ceremony in Llandrindod Wells. The award was sponsored by RWE Innogy UK and recognised our growth and commitment to delivering high quality microhydro schemes. Managing Director Grenville Ham was at the ceremony to receive the award.
With an abundance of hills and streams, rural Wales is the ideal location for generating sustainable electricity from hydro power. But many potential sites are too small for the big hydropower developers to touch. TGV Hydro, wholly owned by The Green Valleys CIC, is filling this gap. It’s developing micro-hydro projects for private and community ownership across South Wales, working closely with the local authority to create a model of micro-hydro that could be replicated elsewhere. Local labour is used to build projects where possible, and TGV has helped a new manufacturer of hydro turbines to start up. The renewable electricity generated can be sold into the national grid, so farmers and communities can diversify their income.
On 16 April Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams visited the community owned microhydro scheme in the Dyffryn Crawnon, Llangynidr in the Brecon Beacons.