Reading Hydro is an ambitious project to build a hydro-electric scheme on Caversham Weir, and operate it as a community-owned asset.
In February 2016 the Reading Sustainability Centre was granted the Environment Agency licences required to operate a hydro project on Caversham Weir. We have now set up a separate community benefit society, called Reading Hydro, that will take forward the development, and ultimately operation, of the hydro project.
There are many people involved and we welcome involvement from others who can also offer their time, skills and experience.
There remains a lot to do: engaging with local groups, surveys, satisfying the Environment Agency’s criteria, ensuring that the plans are economically viable and raising initial funds. A start has been made, with exciting options possible. The scheme has many supporters, and if you would also like to get involved please do get in touch.
Below is a photoshopped image of Caversham Weir giving some idea of what the finished scheme might look like.