Whether living off-grid or the opportunity to have a regular income from the water on your land appeals the time to invest in hydroelectricity is now.
Small scale hydro has many benefits over wind and solar, such as a much more predictable output of energy in this particularly rainy country of ours and an extremely high efficiency (70-90%). The production also correlates with demand, higher flows in the winter months link with higher energy demand during those months. This same statement can not be said for solar where most of the production occurs at midday – when most homeowners are at work – or during the summer, when electricity demand is much lower. Hydro is also recognised for its low visual impact in comparison to other options and small-scale hydro in particular, this is in part due to the requirement for a much smaller impounded area than large projects meaning the environmental impact is also much less. Finally, and most compellingly, hydro is a good long-term investment – a well-designed and robust system can still be generating up to 50 years after commissioning and can be sensitively sited to ensure that development does not detract from the landowner’s core activities.
At this present moment there is still the chance to take advantage of the Feed-in Tariff, a government programme designed to promote the uptake of small-scale renewable electricity generation technologies by payments made to households or businesses generating their own electricity through the use of methods that do not contribute to the depletion of natural resources.
This scheme will end in 2019 so now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the extra boost they can give to your project before the FiT scheme runs out.
We are also able to offer services in planning, licensing, design, installation and maintenance for high and low head sites and we’re also capable of installations using waterwheels and low head screw type turbines as well.