Friday, 22 April 2016

We're getting there!

Visitors to Torrs Hydro may have noticed the flurry of activity down on site. As the rain has eased off, volunteers have been preparing to replace Archie's bottom bearing.
A coffer dam has been built in order to install a second stop log channel. The stop logs have arrived (larch) and are being placed in a specially designed rack on the metal safety casing. Next job will be getting lifting gear in situ to raise Archie and replace his bearing.

Let's hope he doesn't find the operation too painful!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A spot of bother

As many will have noticed, Archie is  not well.
In late September the bottom bearing failed. Directors and Volunteers are working as hard as they can to get things sorted. There has been much discussion, measuring, drawing up of plans, sourcing of materials, and so hopefully, soon some action.
There has to be scaffolding erected, digging at the tailrace, stop logs put in place and then lifting the old bearing and replacing with a new one. It is a shame that the timing of the failure was at the end of the summer as the rivers are now nicely full. Torrs Hydro New Mills appreciates the support of Stockport Hydro in looking at ways of resolving the difficulties.  

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Back on the blog

It's been a while since anything was put on this blog site. We have been busy elsewhere, (apologies for that) but now we are trying to update it a little more regularly.
2015 has seen Archie generate his 1,000,000th kWh.
Added to that, Torrs Hydro is more than half way through repaying its loan.
It takes commitment and hard work to run a community project like ours and we have a great, dedicated team, but this year we have been able to welcome some new volunteers! This ensures we have the support we need to keep generating clean, green electricity.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The rains returned

After 3 very dry summer months the rains have returned and the start of October has seen more electricity produced than the whole of July, August and September.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Shares issue

Later this week we will be starting our latest shares issue - look out for details on here about how you can become part of the UK's first Community owned renewable energy organisation.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A good start to 2014

With large parts of the country receiving lots of rain you wont be surprised to read that Archie has had a good month - the 4th best on record.

Look out for info on the upcoming AGM and a list of open days for the rest of the year.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Halloween at the Hydro

Torr weir looked very spooky last night as New Mills celebrated Halloween with pumpkin competitions and lots of fancy dress going on.