Once the scheme is up-and-running, we aim to offer 4% interest to investors each year (or at the rate of inflation if that is higher). The rate is not guaranteed, it will be agreed by Reading Hydro members at the AGM and depend on the income and costs during the previous year. You can invest and chose not to receive interest.
There are lots of hydro power schemes in the UK already using Archimedes screw turbines. We have learned and taken inspiration from them. There are five sites nearby on the Thames at Mapledurham, Osney, Sandford, Sonning and Windsor. Reading Hydro is really close to Reading town centre and the railway station, and by far the easiest one to visit!
|We estimate the Community Benefit Fund to be approximately £700,000 over 40 years, which is an average of around £17,500 per year. This can be invested into other local actions to tackle climate change – which have to be both renewable, and benefit people in Reading and the Thames Valley but not necessarily located in the Thames Valley. The Board will ratify assessments of projects and propose to the shareholders which ones to support at the AGM.|
To apply for shares go to our shares page, or email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.
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