|A hydroelectric scheme in the Brecon Beacons|
How Green is my Valley?
Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group were recently delighted to resume their monthly meetings with a talk given by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project.
This Community Interest Company based in the Brecon Beacons National Park develops, installs and finances high head micro-hydro electric systems for long term community benefit. All profit from these projects is used to reduce carbon emissions and improve biodiversity.
Reversing the degradation of upland peat bogs clearly illustrated the link between theses two goals. Climate change has turned lush green bogs into rocky scrub. By implementing techniques of bog regeneration, more water is retained in the uplands, making more available for the micro-hydro schemes.
TGV started out as a handful of committed individuals developing their own micro-hydro systems in the Beacons and became a CIC in 2010 following its success in the Big Green Challenge of 2009. To date sixteen hydro systems have been installed.
These schemes have the virtue of being almost invisible in the National Park, with pipelines often following drainage ditches and turbines being housed in simple wooden sheds. The farmer's income from these schemes has enabled them to farm in a more sustainable manner and stay on their farms longer.
Though TGV own some of the schemes, others have just been assisted with their own installation, finance or governance. Pay back from these can be achieved in as little as four years. Their feasibility studies cost only £400.
Grenville, a keen environmentalist and one of the originators of the Project, now serves as a director of the Company. He also still works part-time for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. His aim is to show that the region can become not only self sufficient in, but also a net exporter of energy.
The scope of the scheme is impressive. Biodiesel provision, woodland management projects and electric car development all have their place. In all respects TGV stimulates the local economy with local sourcing as a prominent feature of the scheme.
In so many respects it enhances the Brecon Beacons both economically and environmentally.
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