Saddleworth Community Hydro Ltd generates enough sustainable electricity  to power about 75  homes via the national grid, with an annual saving of 170 tonnes of  CO2 .
We are situated at Dove Stone Reservoir, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7NE
The dam height of 35m allows the use of a cross flow turbine driven by the continuous supply of compensation water flowing from the reservoir into Chew Brook to generate up to 51 kW for the next forty years or so.

This is the first high head system in England to use an existing dam.

The hydro turbine is owned and run by
Saddleworth Community Hydro Limited,
a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, which is made up from local and national members with a passion for the environment. We expect to provide upwards of £6k annually for education and local environmentally friendly projects as well as providing a modest return to shareholders .
 However, it has several other valuable outcomes:
  • It demonstrates that a group of local people can actually do something to slow down climate change! We are NOT powerless or helpless!
  • We now know how to set up such a project and are happy to share what we have learned and so enable others to replicate our success.
  • We will be generating reliable zero carbon electricity in a quiet, non-intrusive way for many years.

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The energy of this water is no longer going to waste!

 Photograph courtesy of Lynn Howarth
A second series of weekly Zoom presentations and discussions  for everyone interested in sustaining and improving our beautiful environment.

If you missed one, you can watch on YouTube 

Recordings of our previous events are also on our Facebook page.


Sustainability Grants

There is new round of grants available  from the Saddleworth Hydro Sustainability Fund to support renewable energy and carbon reduction projects in Saddleworth and neighbouring areas. 

Further information on grants 

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We rely on their co-operation and expert adv

Saddleworth Community Hydro Ltd was supported by Defra’s Rural Carbon Challenge Fund and part financed by
Europe investing in rural areas.