Cornwall New Energy assists Chypraze Home of Weddings in micro-hydro scheme

Chypraze Home of Weddings is a business set in the rural area of Morvah, close to St Just.Originally a dairy farm, the farm has been in the same family for four generations and now it hosts weddings in a restored cow barn.

Chypraze Home of Weddings has already made steps to reduce its carbon footprint. A 5kW wind turbine has been installed, alongside 4kW of solar panels and a ground source heat pump which provides heating and hot water. However, the owners are still keen to improve their environmental credentials further.

Cornwall New Energy has been assessing the potential for a micro-hydro scheme to add to the energy mix. Micro-hydro can produce electricity from the natural flow of water where a stream is present and falls over a head of water. A detailed analysis of the water flow data and the technical feasibility of potential sites by CNE suggest that a micro hydro scheme would be viable at the site. This is an exciting opportunity to explore the potential for renewable energy generation to restore some of Cornwall's industrial heritage.

With the FIT ending in March 2019, renewable energy needs to be financially viable by effective use of the electricity generated.In this case, a micro hydro system could power the ground source heat pump and potentially charge their electric vehicle too.

Although licensing can be complex for micro hydro schemes, they support the council's plan for Cornwall's Energy Future.

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Please contact Amanda Forman on 07471853998 or email a.forman@prp-co.uk