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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!


for everyone aged 18 yrs and under


Important changes are taking place in the natural world, some good and some not so good.

Could you take a photograph in or around Saddleworth which shows some aspect of this change?

Young photographers can use this competition to produce their own witness statement, by showing how nature is adapting  to living alongside us and also how people are helping nature to recover.

Could you make us stop and think when we see it?

Enter your photo in one of 3 classes according to age:

under 11, 11-15, 16-18 inclusive.

A panel of expert judges will decide….

The deadline for submissions is midnight 15th January 2021

There are cash prizes for the winners and Saddleworth Independent will publish your photo on its website.

To enter download and complete the entry form.

photo comp entry form.docx

Email up to 3 pictures and the form to ecoevents@saddleworthhydro.co.uk

This is a joint competition promoted by Saddleworth Community Hydro and  Saddleworth Independent.

 Photograph courtesy of Lynn Howarth

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 

Lease us their land.
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.