The Whitby Esk Energy – Ruswarp Hydro
a community-owned 50kW Archimedes screw hydroelectric turbine on the River Esk at Ruswarp, near Whitby, North Yorkshire
The scheme is run by volunteers through Esk Energy (Yorkshire) Limited, a registered society. Our main aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of the Esk Valley through generating renewable electricity.
The Co-op North Yorkshire Area Committee visited the site on Wednesday 13th June to find out more about the project. Fortunately the rain held off and from the river bank opposite they were able to see the work that has started on upgrading the fish pass. We have received a lot of support from the Co-op nationally with setting up the company and marketing the share issue. Therefore, we were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss with the local committee members the difference the support has made to the running of the project.
TV reporter Adrian Pitches made something of a splash on Saturday, 19 May, when he visited Ruswarp to mark the start of the installation.
Adrian Pitches, environment correspondent for BBC Look North, broke the ground to get proceedings under way which will result in a generation of green energy powered by the River Esk.
Adrian Pitches, said:
I think the Esk Energy community co-operative is an excellent project – for nearly 100 people to club together and invest in green energy is very impressive.
Read more on The Guardian website.
Whilst there has been a slight delay to work starting on site, with the contractor now due on site on Monday 28th May, this hasn’t held up the launching of the updated Whitby Esk Energy website. The new website will enable us to keep everyone up-to-date with the construction phase and with generation once the turbine is commissioned.