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Denbighshire Hydro Club

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RDC has completed a summary of micro-hydro potential in the county of Denbighshire, North Wales for Cadwyn Clwyd, together with full feasibility studies for 7 Hydro Club sites ranging from 3 – 55 kW. An Information Event about the project will take place on 14 September 2011 from 9:30am to 2pm in Ruthin with stakeholders from the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Local Planning Authorities, Welsh Assembly Government, Farmer’s Union of Wales as well as the community groups, farmers and landowners pursuing their individual hydro projects.

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UNIDO Rwandan Mission

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RDC completed a mission to Rwanda in June 2011 to evaluate 4 small hydro power projects initiated by UNIDO and implemented by the Government of Rwanda and a Sri Lankan contractor using Chinese equipment. The projects are now benefitting 2,000 households and dozens of small businesses in parts of the country without access to the grid. The Government is now actively pursuing small hydro power as a priority for the rural areas of Rwanda to increase the

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Gresham Mill

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RDC with partners IT Power and Hyder have prepared (on behalf of Regeneco) the applications for abstraction licence, flood defence consent and fish pass consent, which were submitted to the EA in March 2011, for the development of a 15 kW Archimedean Screw turbine at the old Gresham Press mill site outside Old Woking in Surrey. The turbine is a crucial part of a new Linden Homes housing development which will total 81 new homes in a beautiful riverside setting and will generate up to 10% of the site’s electrical requirements.

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Community Energy Scotland

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RDC delivered feasibility study reports and overview drawings for 7 micro-hydro sites in Shetland and the Western Isles in March 2011. This followed a period of detailed design and negotiations with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) on grid connection and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) on abstraction rates and environmental impacts.

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Percy Community Centre

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Following RDC’s audit of energy at the Percy Community Centre in central Bath completed in October 2010 and design of a 14 kWp solar PV system for the building’s flat roof, £35,000 of funding has been secured from the Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) for 50% of the capital costs and it hoped the remaining funds will be secured soon.

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