Hydro-electric scheme planned at Netham Weir

Plans to develop a small hydro-electric scheme at Netham Weir have been revealed.

The scheme would generate enough electricity for around 260 homes. If consent is granted by Bristol City Council, it would be community owned, with a public share offer launched, enabling residents to invest in the scheme.

Bristol Energy Cooperative, a community benefit society established in 2011, is behind the scheme. With more than 500 members who have each invested a minimum of £50, its primary aim is to enable collective action on climate change through the development of community-owned renewable energy. To date it has installed just under 10MW of solar photo-voltaic arrays in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The hydropower scheme is for land at the rear of St Vincents Trading Estate, Feeder Road and includes a turbine house building, hydraulic channels and intake screening. It is estimated that the work would take four to six months to complete, depending on weather conditions.

On Tuesday (11th December from 5pm to 6.30pm at St George Community Centre there will be the chance to find out more about the proposals. Tickets (no charge) are needed to attend and can be booked through Eventbrite.

The planning reference number to search for on the city council’s website is 18/05891/F and the deadline for comments is 19th December.

Comments in favour of the scheme have already been lodged with supporters saying it makes a good use of Bristol’s existing natural resources to generate renewable electricity and will help the city meet the council’s pledge that Bristol becomes carbon neutral by 2030.