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December 12 2013 Latest news:
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A former cotton mill is to become a new green power station to provide clean electricity
A new hydropower station, the first of its kind in Yorkshire, is to be built at Greenholme Mill on the River Wharfe in Burley-in-Wharfedale.
The scheme will generate enough energy to power approximately 340 homes and offset the release of 645 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
Greenholme Mill has used the River Wharfes power for over 200 years. A cotton mill was built on the site in 1792 and a textile manufacturer traded here until its closure in 1966.
The station is a joint venture between TLS Hydropower Ltd, who own, operate and manage eight hydropower stations throughout the UK, and Derwent Hydroelectric Power Ltd, who operate and manage seven hydropower stations in the Midlands and Wales.
TLS Hydro managing director Bob Middleton said: Its great to see Greenholme back in business and generating renewable electricity. When we found it, the leats were blocked up with decades of silt. Now thats cleared the channels are flowing free and generating electricity and weve even managed to open up a new section of aquatic habitat.
The electricity produced by Greenholme Mill will be sold to LoCO2 Energy Ltd, a renewable energy provider supplying homes and businesses through the UK with renewable energy.
Fiona Hildick, supply and trading manager at LoCO2 Energy, said: Greenholme will help to supply the growing clamour for renewable electricity from our ever expanding customer base.