WATER POWER COMES FULL CIRCLE AT MILL
An historic cotton mill has taken inspiration from its past and flicked the switch on a new cleaner energy scheme.
Quarry Bank Mill has switched on a new hydroelectric scheme to save thousands of pounds a year. It’s inspired by the way mill founder Samuel Greg harnessed the power of the River Bollin to drive the huge water wheel which powered his looms. In 1801 he constructed a weir which remains a feature in Quarry Bank’s landscape.
now the Bollin powers a turbine installed 30 metres down- stream from the weir which generates more than 55 per cent of Quarry Bank’s energy.
The scheme was formally switched on by Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, director general of the national Trust, who said: “This new source of hydroelectric power is another step towards our target of generating 50pc of the Trust’s energy from renewables by 2020. It demonstrates that renewable energy can be produced in a way that works in a historic landscape.”
The scheme includes a fish and eel pass that has opened up more than 10km of the river upstream to fish which haven’t been able to migrate there since Samuel Greg constructed his weir.
National Trust director general Dame Helen Ghosh with children from Styal Primary School art club who painted their own pictures of the freshwater fish which will use the new fish pass at Quarry Bank Mill, inset