With a suitable weir on the River Irwell already located, we're all set to bring sustainable community owned hydro-power to Bury
Welcome to Bury Community Hydro.
We’re a local group in Bury, Manchester, working to establish a hydro energy project in Bury, using an existing river weir on the River Irwell. The project will be community owned. Thirty five people have already put in some funding (from one hundred to a few thousand pounds), becoming Members of our Society. Our Members will have a say on how the project will progress, a vote on who is on the board, and can help promote the project providing clean, green energy directly to Bury. Unlike many renewable energy installations, this means that the co-operative spirit can be part of the project and the Members can work to make sure it provides real community benefit.
Summer 2017: The project now has most of the necessary licences and we are working with Bury Council on a final version of the Lease for the site.
Pioneer Share offer: Thank you to all our Pioneers; if you have missed out this time, please watch this website and we will let you know when further share offers open for the project.
Renewable electricity will be produced from the hydro turbine with any profits used to fund low carbon projects in the Bury area. We are aiming to supply to nearby fire station and other local customers with some of our clean electricity. Projects like this have been successful all over the country and now we want to do the same here in Bury.
We won the tender to develop the project at Chamberhall Weir, Bury, on land owned by Bury Council, and have funded the planning application and other project development work using a government grant and a Pioneer share offer. Pioneers are people who want to join the co-op at the early stage and help us obtain planning and Environment Agency permits.
We have also been awarded an innovation grant from Greater Manchester Combined Authority Low Carbon Hub, and are working closely with Electricity North West on an innovative model for energy supply known as a ‘virtual private wire network’.
There are lots of different ways in which you could help, whether it is as a volunteer, or as an investor. We hope with this website we can explain to you how our project will work and how you can help. In helping us, you will be passing on the benefits to your children and grandchildren.