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.
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.
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).
Spirit grant of £7.1k awarded by Powys Association for Voluntary Organisations – enables appointment of part-time Project Development Officer for 18 months.
Talybont-on-Usk Energy registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee.
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.
Grant of £5k secured from Awards for All.
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.
Turbine installed and commissioned.
Sales contract signed with energy supplier Good Energy.
Turbine formally launched and switched on by First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM live on ITV news.