Case Study: England's largest community owned hydro project

The people of Halton have been harnessing the power of the River Lune since 1252. Today former corn mills are now home to England's largest community owned hydro project. 

It was the Halton Community Association that first proposed a local hydro project, part of a wider effort to strengthen and develop the area they love.

Seven years on, Halton just celebrated the official opening having raised almost £1.5 million pounds from the local community, and sourced all their skills and labour from the local area.

The plan now is to invest right back into their community. All extra returns will go to the Halton Lune Trust who say planned projects could include improving children’s play areas, creating allotments and reducing home energy costs.

"This project has generated an enthusiasm and interest in our community and brought people together as never before. The future Fits income will enable a significant investment in community improvements in the years ahead."

- Brian Jefferson, Director HLH and Parish Councillor.