Small Scale Hydro Power Feasibility

The Forest of Bowland AONB is keen to encourage micro hydro power in suitable sites as it's impact on the landscape is usually fairly minimal, and it can provide power to local communities and businesses without grid connections.

Late in 2010 the AONB commissioned Inter Hydro Technology to undertake a feasibility study into the generation of small scale hydro power within and around the AONB area. This study is funded by Pendle Borough council, Lancashire County Council and the local strategic partnerships of Lancaster and Ribble Valley. In total 37 sites have been studied to assess their potential to generate power, and to save carbon emissions. Using the findings from these initial studies, five sites have been selected to undergo a more rigorous assessment and the owners will be encouraged to seek finance and permissions in order to develop small scale generation. The sites which have been surveyed are shown on the map below, you can can click on the pin to view the reports available for each site or zoom into the map to view the site in more detail.

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Site 1: Waddow Weir, Waddington


Site 2: Roughlee Weir

Site 3: Clough Bottom Farm, Bashall Eaves

Site 4: Chipping Mill

Site 5: Kirk Mill, Chipping

Site 6: Backsbottom Farm, Roeburndale

Site 7: Abbeystead Reservoir


Site 8: Whalley Weir

Site 9: Primrose Mill, Clitheroe


Site 10: Skerton Weir, Lancaster


Site 11: Higherford Mill, Barrowford


Site 12: Bobbin Mill, Hurst Green

Site 13: Littlemoor Mill, Clitheroe

Site 14: Low Mill, Caton

Site 15: Gresgarth Hall, Caton

Site 16: Slaidburn Saw Mill

Site 17: Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green

Site 18: Castle Mill Farm, Quernmore

Site 19: Langden Intake

Site 20: Hareden Intake

Site 21: Greendale Mill, Grindleton

Site 22: Earby Youth Hostel

Site 23: Millhouses, Wray

Site 24: Willow Mill, Caton

Site 25: Lappet Mill, Calder Vale

Site 26: Oakenclough Paper Mill

Site 27: Black Moss Reservoir, Barley

Site 28: Hougher Fall Farm, Longridge

Site 29: County Brook Mill, Foulridge

Site 30: Ribblesdale Park, Gisburn

Site 31: Gilberton Farm, Tarnbrook

Site 32: Bank House Fly Fishery, Caton

Site 33: Calder Intake, nr Oakenclough

Site 34: Old Watercourse, Marshaw

Site 35: Crossgill Village Weir

Site 36: Holden Clough Village Weir

Site 37: Ogden Reservoir, Barley