An Historical Perspective

Below is a brief description of how Talybont-on-Usk went from a decommissioned turbine house at the bottom of Talybont Reservoir to having a 100% grant funded, fully operational community owned hydro scheme.

November 2001

A group was formed following a series of well-attended public meetings facilitated by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, looking at the potential for communities to develop renewable energy projects in a protected environment.

February 2003

Feasibility study identified installation of new hydro-electric turbine in the existing turbine house at Talybont Reservoir as a  key potential project. Study funded by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s (BBNP) Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

2002 – 2004

Lease negotiations underway with turbine house owners Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water).

July 2003

Spirit grant of £7.1k awarded by Powys Association for Voluntary Organisations – enables appointment of part-time Project Development Officer for 18 months.

February 2004

Talybont-on-Usk Energy registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.

June 2004

Completion of Welsh Development Agency (WDA)/Mid Wales Energy Agency funded detailed Design and Implementation Study for the hydro-electric turbine. The project will cost £92k.

Fundraising kicked off by a capital grant of £14.4k from BBNP’s SDF.

October 2004

Grant of £5k secured from Awards for All.

December 2004

Capital grants secured from Clearskies (£44.9k) and Powys SECRET – a community renewable energy ERDF Objective 2 fund managed by Mid Wales ENergy Agency (£27.6k).

All funding now in place.

Lease of turbine house signed with Dwr Cymru.

January 2005

Turbine ordered.

November 2005

Turbine installed and commissioned.

January 2006

Sales contract signed with energy supplier Good Energy.

April 2006

Turbine formally launched and switched on by First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM live on ITV news.


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