Park Weir & Solar


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A New Project!

Following the successful construction and commissioning of Congleton Hydro at Havannah Weir, more commonly known as “ARCHIE”, the team behind it have secured grant funding to develop a brand new renewable energy scheme. This time the goal will be to generate power from both hydro and solar sources. The hydro scheme will be located beside the weir near Congleton Park. The solar arrays will be positioned on the roofs of suitable private and public buildings around Congleton.

Apart from generating carbon-free energy, the scheme will provide a focal point for promoting sustainability within the community and an educational resource.

Climate Change Emergency, We Must Fight On! 

💡 Feasibility Study Grant Awarded by Regional Community Energy Fund (supported by BEIS/DEFRA)

💡 Project combines Hydroelectric Generation and Solar Photo-Voltaic elements – CARBON FREE

💡 Initial negotiations held with Cheshire East Council

💡 All Surplus Funds will be allocated to Community Projects

Fantastic strides have already been made in moving this work forward under the administration of a newly formed independent CBS (Dane Valley Community Energy – Congleton Park (DVCE-CP) Ltd. This new CBS will be financially and administratively independent of DVCE Ltd.

Progress has also been made with the proposed 50kW hydro project located on the river Dane in Congleton Park. This scheme should produce about 200MWh annually. A briefing paper has been presented by DVCE-CP to the Cheshire East Council who owns the land on which the scheme is to be located. 

Solar Energy 

We are looking for industrial and commercial customers.

Suitable customers will:

  • Be companies or public sector organisation in the Congleton area
  • Be interested in reducing their carbon emissions, saving money and supporting local charities
  • Have a building with a large roof
  • Typically consume more than 30kW of power during the day
  • Own their own building or have a long-term lease

DVCE-CP will:

  • Supply and install the solar panels and systems free of charge
  • Provide maintenance and insurance
  • Sell the electricity generated by the panels to you at a discount to your current electricity provider.
  • Donate any profits made to local charities and good causes

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in becoming a customer, please contact admin@congletonhydro.co.uk

As the Town Mayor of Congleton, I am delighted to see this long-awaited project starting to become a reality. Not only will it redirect renewable energy back into the community, but it will be an educational tool for future generations to see how we can harness what is already available to us and transform it into clean energy. 

- Sally-Ann Holland

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Dane Valley Community Energy Ltd is a Community Benefit Society registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA - Registration Number 7142) as defined by the Cooperatives and Community Benefit Societies Act, 2014 and governed by rules which can be viewed HERE.