Hardwater Mill in Northamptonshire will soon be generating power from the River Nene.
Work has already begun on installing hydropower technology so the mill at Great Doddington, near Wellingborough can produce power. The Mill will soon generate enough electricity to power itself and produce extra for the National Grid. Nene Local was told there are several other mills on the same stretch of river are also looking at producing energy too.
Andy and Anne Newman, owners of the grade 2 listed mill, said it has taken most of their savings and more than two-and-a-half years to achieve. Mrs Newman said: “We’re quite green people, we’re into recycling and we have an air source heat pump and that sort of thing, and this power rushing under the building all the time was something we felt we wanted to harness.”
The couple have set up the Nene Valley Hydro-electricity group involving 12 mill owners along the river.
Another is Woodford Mill at Ringstead where the original water wheel has been restored to power a tea room, holiday lets and Willy Watts marina.
Story courtesy of BBC Northampton