Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Thames power plant plan on display

PLANS for a £1.5 million hydroelectric power plant at Goring weir will go on display tomorrow (Saturday).

The Goring and Streatley Sustainability Group wants to build turbines on the Thames about 500ft upstream from the bridge between the villages.

Residents can inspect the blueprints and artists’ impressions at Goring village hall from 2pm until 5pm.

The scheme consists of three Archimedes screws, each of which would be 12ft wide and connected to a generator. It would be capable of powering about 300 homes and would produce about £100,000 worth of electricity per year.

The Environment Agency, which owns the site, supports the scheme in principle and is considering a scientific study commissioned by the group before deciding whether to approve it. If approval is given, a planning application will be submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

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