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The Whitby Esk Energy – Ruswarp Hydro

a community-owned 50kW Archimedes screw hydroelectric turbine on the River Esk at Ruswarp, near Whitby, North Yorkshire
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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.


TV Presenter ‘Digs’ Community Co-operative’s Green Energy Scheme

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 and Whitby Esk Energy team marking start of installation

Adrian Pitches and Whitby Esk Energy team marking start of 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.

New look 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.

Update on project – April 2012

Whilst there is nothing showing on site yet plenty has been going on in the background.

Many thanks to Mike Ford who is liaising with the contractor Bentley’s, as project manager, on behalf of Esk Energy (Yorkshire) Limited. The relationship with Bentley’s is going well and they are keeping us informed at every stage.

With any project the unexpected crops up. Currently we are looking at the power connection with the national grid. This may lead to costs that had not been anticipated due to changes in rules on work undertaken near railway lines. Fortunately we have a contingency built into our budget but there may be delays to the planned schedule.