Alport Mill

Address

Address/venue name: Alport Mill
Alport
DE45 1LG
Building type: Converted Mill and Hydro Dam
Green Technology: 33kW hydro turbine

Venue details

Name of owners: Haddon Estate
Who installed green technology: Derwent Hydro Ltd
Why they did it: To get the wheel turning again, and to generate additional income for the Haddon Estate
Benefits: The hydro scheme provides good, green energy, which would be enough to power the village of Alport
What they did to get approval from National Park for the work: To make efficient use of natural resources and to make the hydro scheme fit in the landscape, they opted for a turbine buried in the dam. A thorough approach was needed, including having archeologists on site
What were the biggest problems faced: To ensure there was no negative impact on river wildlife, they have to keep one inch of water flowing over the weir at all times
What did it cost, what savings are made: All electricity generated goes back into the national grid. The scheme is on track to pay for itself in 6 years
Advice to someone considering doing the same: “Get experts like Derwent Hydro Ltd involved”