Shrewsbury Hydro is a company which has been set up to build a hydroelectric scheme alongside a new fish pass by the weir in Shrewsbury.
Planning permission and the environmental permissions for the project were obtained in 2015 and the project was then pre-accredited under the government’s feed-in tariff scheme. In 2016, permission was obtained for a new fish pass to replace the existing one and agreement in principle was reached to lease the small, three-eighth of an acre of Council land alongside the weir required to build the hydro scheme and the new fish pass.
A hydroelectric scheme alongside the weir should generate on average between 1.5 and 1.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year and save up to 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere each year compared to generating the same amount of electricity from a conventional power station. Building the hydro scheme would also improve fish migration.
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