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.
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.