Shropshire community hydro-electric scheme offers shares

Sluice gate at Tetsill Mill
Image caption The co-operative plans to use the existing sluice gate, which is thought to date back 100 years

Shares have gone on sale for a project to build a community hydro-electric scheme in south Shropshire.

A co-operative, based in Neen Sollars, near Cleobury Mortimer, hopes to harness power from the River Rea at the site of a former mill.

People can invest any amount from £250 to £20,000.

Bill Duley from the co-operative said: "You buy a share somewhere in that range and you have one vote regardless of the value of your share."

Neen Sollars Community Hydro Co-operative predicted the 10kW turbine would generate the equivalent of 20% of the power used by the village.

Electricity would then be fed into the national grid over the project's expected 20-year lifespan.

The group said it needed to raise £150,000 to build the hydro-electric installation at the Tetsill Mill site.

A grant of £20,000 has been allocated to the scheme from Shropshire Council's Market Towns Revitalisation fund.

Members of the co-operative would earn money through the government's sustainable energy feed-in tariff.

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