TAP News January 2007
- TAP has been registered as a company to run the project.
- The purpose of the company is to use a water turbine to generate "green" electricity.
- The electricity generated will be sold to the National Grid.
- There are no shareholders of the company.
- The company is eligible for grants from interested organisations and is also able to borrow money from banks.
- There are no paid employees of the company.
- Income will be achieved through sales of electricity to the National Grid.
- The income will cover maintenance costs and repayment of loans.
- Any surplus income will be distributed to local community issues and needs.
- There will be no financial cost to local inhabitants.
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The Proposed Scheme
- It is proposed to pipe water from Beaufort Pond down to a small turbine house at the forestry access road, a distance of 1050 metres.
- The pipe will have a diameter of 450 millimetres and will be buried.
- All water extracted from the Angiddy will be returned to the Angiddy.
- It is anticipated that the scheme will generate 30 KW of electricity per hour.
- The electricity will be fed into the National Grid by underground cables.
- Planning permission will be sought once outline agreement has been indicated by the Local Council.
- Total cost is estimated at £170,000. This will largely be covered by grants.
- The estimated value of the electricity generated per year will be £25,000.
- Electricity will be generated when the river flow is greater than 63 litres per second. It is estimated that full power will be generated for 9 months of the year and at reduced power for a further 2 months. A complete shutdown for 1 month of the year is probable.
- Subject to planning permission and successful grant applications it is hoped to start implementation in Autumn 2007.
- It is estimated that it will take 16 weeks to implement the scheme.
- The visual impact of the completed installation will be minimal.
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