Where will Reading Hydro be?
Downstream of Reading Bridge, a wide weir spans across from Caversham Lock to View Island. A public footpath runs across the top of the weir.
The hydro scheme will be a new small feature beside, the existing Caversham Weir, large man-made construction. Much of the turbine will be underwater, although efforts are being made to incorporate a viewing platform
Reading Hydro plans to put in a small hydro-electric power generating system crossing under the footpath close to View Island. It will only be a few metres wide and will extend a few metres downstream mostly under water. Micro hydro schemes operate quietly and for much of the year, producing a reliable and unobtrusive renewable source of energy.
Being close to the train station, town centre and easily accessible on foot, the hydro scheme will be open to all to visit, including local schools, universities and community micro-generation groups from around the country.