National Trust hydro will harness Snowdon water power

Posted in: Hydroelectricity

Posted on: 23.04.2014

We’re really pleased to unveil the latest member of our green generator community, a National Trust hydroelectricity scheme capturing energy from the stream that tumbles down the side of Snowdon on its journey from mountains to sea.

Hafod y Llan farm in Snowdonia, Wales, and the wider estate is a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This beautiful piece of Wales's rural upland heritage is a shining example of renewables and conservation working in harmony. 

As well as the new hydro project, the estate is also home to solar panels, small-scale hydro and biomass schemes and electric car charging points.

We’re buying the resulting electricity on behalf of our customers and it is expected to generate 1,900 MWh per year, enough electricity to power around 445 homes*.  The new hydro-turbine is the charity’s first large-scale renewables project.

Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director at the National Trust, said: “We’re lucky to be blessed with an abundance of natural resources that we look after for the benefit of the nation. Now we can harness some of the power generated by nature to help fund our conservation work.

“However, the real prize for us as the UK’s largest conservation charity, is that we are helping to protect special places forever by creating sustainable energy solutions that work in complete harmony with our natural and historic heritage.”

This is a fantastic project and shows renewables and conservation working hand in hand. I’m sure our customers are going to be really pleased that some of our power will come from National Trust hydro sites, and maybe they’ll go to see them in action over the summer. 


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*Calculated using 1,900 MWh divided by 4.266, based on an average annual consumption of 4,266 kiloWatt hours (source Renewables UK/Advertising Standards Authority).

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