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Linton Hydro

What they do

Linton Hydro Limited was established to develop a new pre-accredited 280 kW hydro power scheme at the Linton Lock on the River Ouse in North Yorkshire and to acquire Flowpower Limited, which operates an existing hydro scheme adjacent to the Linton Lock scheme site.

About the Linton Lock scheme

Linton Hydro is developing a new pre-accredited 280 kW hydro power scheme at Linton Lock near York, North Yorkshire. This will be developed and operated through a wholly owned subsidiary of Linton Hydro, called Widdington Hydro Limited. The site of the new scheme benefits from conditional planning consents, a right to occupy the site (which is leased to Flowpower Limited) and the directors have agreed terms for access rights for the construction and operation of the scheme. A grid connection offer for an export of 100 kW has been obtained for the project on behalf of Widdington Hydro Limited. The Directors are currently seeking confirmation from Northern Powergrid that it will increase the capacity of the connection (the total installed capacity of the site will be 280 kW) – the Directors expect this increase will be forthcoming.

Upon the completion of the Linton Hydro's 2016 bond offer, they became the 100% owner of Flowpower Limited.

The new scheme has been pre-accredited by Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, and therefore, subject to full accreditation, will benefit from the government’s Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) scheme for renewable energy projects, which guarantees an inflation protected income for 20 years.

About the Flowpower scheme

Flowpower Limited operates an existing hydro scheme immediately adjacent to the Linton Lock scheme site. An old fish pass at the site is partially dilapidated and does not meet the Environment Agency’s best practice standards. As part of the development of the Linton Lock scheme, the fish pass will be improved to bring it in line with those standards.

The Flowpower scheme, which also benefits from the FIT, was predicted to generate 565 MWh per year since commissioning three years ago but has already exceeded this target by 6%. Once the works to the old fish pass are completed as part of this project, it is expected to generate around 620 MWh of electricity each year from 2016, which is enough to power around 150 homes.

Linton Hydro Limited track record

The directors of Linton Hydro are very experienced in the hydro industry and together share a complimentary range of skills and experience in fisheries ecology, engineering and hydro power technology. Through their respective existing businesses, the team has successfully developed and constructed over 50 hydro power schemes in the UK. Linton Hydro will be contracting with these businesses for the development, construction and commissioning of the Linton Lock scheme.

Additionally, in partnership with Triodos Bank’s corporate finance team, Linton Hydro's team recently commissioned a 300 kW hydro power scheme at Totnes weir on the river Dart in Devon using funds raised through a £1.3 million bond issue in April 2015 and are currently developing a 100 kW hydro power scheme on the river Dove in Derbyshire having successfully raised £800,000 through a bond issue in February 2016 - also in partnership with Triodos.

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