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.
With around 25 schemes completed across Wales and permissions for another 20 secured, TGV Hydro has been at the forefront of developing clean electricity from mountain streams. Chris Blake, one of the co-founders of TGV Hydro, explained, “the is scope to build low impact microhydro schemes in any upland area – there are thousands of suitable sites across the UK, taking advantage of the energy in water as it runs down hill.”
Managing Director Grenville Ham was delighted to receive the award, “It is a tribute to the entire team that Ashden have recognized our commitment to bring clean, renewable energy to the upland areas of Wales”.
Find out more about the Ashden Awards and TGVHydro’s work visit https://www.ashden.org/awards/2015/uk