24 September 2017
A local renewable energy co-operative, Brendon Energy, is planning a hydropower scheme on the River Exe, projected to generate 450,000kWh of electricity each year, saving 240 tonnes of CO2 yearly. A substantial Community Fund would be distributed annually over the 20 years of the project. The scheme features a 'fish friendly' Archimedes screw.
Applications for planning permission and for the licences from the Environment Agency have been granted, Brendon Energy will open a
community share offer in the spring of 2018, to give people in the local area the opportunity to become co-owners in the hydro scheme (earning a generous interest rate), to have a say in how Brendon Energy is run, and to help to combat climate change. https://brendonenergy.org/