Benefits already achieved

As at June 2013 Hexham River Hydro has:

  • Attracted more than £100,000 of investment money to the North East;
  • Raised the profile of Hexham on the national stage with the project’s success in the national energyshare competition and the significant amount of positive publicity achieved in newspapers, through social media, on websites etc;
  • Supported 3 University students with research projects;
  • Brought together local organisations and individuals with many positive outcomes, not just for developing the hydro scheme itself;
  • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to find common ground and speak on behalf of several different community organisations;
  • Been the catalyst for individuals in the community to volunteer their time for the benefit of the whole community;
  • Developed the community volunteering and team-working skills of a host of volunteers, understanding the importance of creative people working together i.e. differently skilled volunteers building a skilled team together – an engineer, an accountant, an environmentalist, a communicator;
  • Supported other community renewable energy projects across the UK;
  • Provided lessons learned and case study information to guide others in the future through the process of developing a small-scale hydro-electricity generating scheme on a major salmon river; and
  • Published on this site a wealth of technical and other information that should inform subsequent development of the site at Hexham Bridge.

Hexham River Hydro, an energyshare project made possible by British Gas and supported by Carbon Leapfrog, Cooperative Enterprise Hub, Vattenfall and The Naturesave Trust