Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - Karen Brit­ton karen.brit­ton@men­media.co.uk @KarenBrit­ton1

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

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