The Government have pumped £1million into a project to restore the pumping station at Chester Weir into its role as a hydroelectric power station.
The cash comes from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Revolving Green Fund, which awards grants to higher education bodies to fund teaching and help them reduce carbon emissions. Alice Elliott is Sustainability Manager at the University of Chester, and said she believes that the project:
?Will not only create energy, but will help the University to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by around 12%. It also has the potential to provide a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits for the wider community and CWaC.
?This is a unique opportunity to have a positive impact on river conservation and tap into an abundant local source of renewable energy, thereby reducing our reliance on fossil fuels as a community. That energy will also create real benefits for the community by potentially generating a financial return that is open for anyone to invest in.?
The pumping station is a Grade II listed structure was originally built as a hydroelectric station, as part of the Chester Weir facility, which supplied water to the city for 40 years from 1913. Currently used as a pumping station, it is due to be de-commissioned in April 2015.
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