Cumbria-based hydro developer and service provider Ellergreen Hydro has been nominated as a finalist in a leading green energy awards. The annual Ashden Awards, which are held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, has announced the shortlisted finalists who they believe actively share the vision of sustainable energy for all through local energy solutions.
This year Ellergreen Hydro has been recognised for harnessing the natural resources of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales with a new approach to building micro-hydro projects. By employing skilled local tradespeople and remanufacturing components where possible and using state of the art Gilkes turbines, it’s keeping quality high and costs down, while avoiding harmful environmental impacts.
Over the past two years Ellergreen Hydroy has constructed five hydro projects with a total capacity of 620kW — with a further 20 due for completion over the next three years. The hydro developer is among eight pioneering initiatives across the UK demonstrating that switching to local sustainable energy and investing in energy efficiency can help save carbon, transform lives and boost economies.
Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of Ashden, said: “Our UK finalists offer a glimpse of what a thriving low-carbon economy will look like in the future. In these tough times they are creating green jobs, bringing communities together and reducing fuel bills in homes, schools, hospitals and historic buildings. We’re committed to sharing the lessons they have learned so they can be replicated far and wide.”