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Saddleworth Community Hydro Ltd generates enough sustainable electricity  to power about 100 homes via the national grid, with an annual saving of 170 tonnes of  CO2 .

We are situated at Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7NE

The dam height of 31m allows the use of a cross flow turbine driven by the continuous supply of compensation water flowing from the reservoir into Chew Brook to generate up to 51 kW for the next forty years or so.

This is the first high head system in England to use an existing dam.

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Saddleworth Community Hydro Ltd was supported by Defra’s Rural Carbon Challenge Fund and part financed by

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:

Europe investing in rural areas.

Photo courtesy of Lynn Howarth


Our Sustainability Fund is open for applications for amounts up to £20k

for community benefit in Oldham and surrounding areas.

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lease us their land.

We rely on their co-operation and expert advice

Official Stamp - Community Energy Award
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