£5.3m hrydo scheme is running

Barn Energys Mark Simon at the opening of Kirkthorpe Hydropower Project
Barn Energys Mark Simon at the opening of Kirkthorpe Hydropower Project
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Yorkshire’s largest-ever low head river hydropower project - and the largest water project of its kind to be built in England this century - has officially opened.

The Kirkthorpe Hydropower project on the River Calder, has cost £5.3m.

Kirkthorpe started generating electricity a few weeks ago after a 15 month construction period. It will generate clean, renewable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for 10 to 11 months a year.

Fish and eel passages have also been built enable them to pass the hydro scheme’s weir safely.