Invite to our Open Information Sessions

We would like to invite you to our Open Information Sessions. This is a chance for you to meet our Directors and to ask any questions you have on Reading Hydro, the Share Offer and the hydro-power scheme that we want to build on the river Thames, by Caversham Weir.

Monday 27th January from 7.30pm – 9pm at Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, RG1 4RJ
Tuesday 28th January from 12.30pm – 2pm at Reading Borough Council Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU

Please feel free to pop along, no registration needed. We look forward to meeting you or if you cant make it, and have questions, please email us at [email protected]

Will the power plant generate power 24/7 all year round?

The hydro will usually generate electricity 24/7. However, generation will stop when the river’s flowing so fast that there’s not enough ‘head’ of water between the inlet and the outlet. We may also be required to stop if the river flow is very low. In our business plan we’ve modelled electricity generation using historic data on head and flow at the site. The hydro scheme should generate about 320MWh of renewable electricity each year: that means that on average it works at 79% of its maximum power output. Generation is likely to be a bit higher in the winter than in the summer, which fits with when the UK most needs electricity. We hope to start generating next winter.

To apply for shares go, to https://hydro.readinguk.org/shares/ or email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

What will the impact be on fish?

A new fish pass will be made as part of the hydro power scheme. It is a natural design and allows both fish and eels to move upstream and will improve the river environment.

The fish pass will cut into View Island from the mill stream, to the east, where there will be a sluice. From there the ‘technical section’ will run gently downhill to join the existing streambed, and water will flow along this towards the hydro scheme. It will join the river immediately adjacent to the turbines and create an attraction flow for fish. It will be as it is today, a natural and unbounded area forming part of View Island.

If you have any other questions on the environmental impact of this hydro power scheme, please email us at [email protected]. To apply for shares go, to our share page