In September 2007 we commissioned a feasibility study into harnessing the hydro power of Cannop Ponds, to generate hydroelectricity for use in our stoneworks. Over the next three years we received positive feedback to formal studies and environmental surveys and were able to complete the scheme.
The water is diverted from the existing spillway down a penstock pipe and through a high efficiency cross flow turbine which generates around 12kW of power, equating to some 50,000kWh of hydroelectricy over the course of a year. When taking into account the Feed-in Tariff hydropower makes a significant contribution to our annual electricity costs.
In support of our commitment and dedication to improving the environmental impact of our business through the use of hydro power we have been awarded: