Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is proud to spearhead an exciting renewable energy project to generate power using a hydroelectric turbine. This new green initiative is part of our commitment to reduce our environmental impact and preserve the outstanding natural beauty of the Lake District National Park which Low Wood Bay calls home.
“Drawing on sustainable, local natural resources to generate electricity is something we’ve been keen to investigate and adopt. A hydroelectric turbine is probably the simplest and most effective green energy generating method, with minimal environmental impact. The turbine will constantly generate a power output of 55-60 kW and we’re confident this will provide up to a third of the electricity supply we currently need to run the whole resort.”
Tim Berry. English Lakes Hotels Estates and Leisure Director
Low Wood Bay is situated on 46 acres of private land and fellside. Water will be diverted down an 860 metre long pipeline from the top of the fell behind the resort, running through the turbine to generate electricity before flowing back into the beck. The turbine will be housed in a small Lakeland style barn with dry stone walls and a slate roof within our fellside, the only visible part of the project.
The vertical fall of the water will be about 90 metres, nearly the height of Big Ben and almost twice the height of Niagara Falls. The water will flow down the 315 millimetre diameter pipe at as much as 79 litres per second. The hydro power initiative is predicted to generate 180 MWh annually, which equates to around 33% of our current electricity usage.
Tim Berry, Lilly and part of the project team
Tim Berry by outlet pipe
With planning permission secured and the project underway, we are excited to share that the turbine is due to be fully operational by the end of summer 2021. Working with the Lake District National Park Authority and the Environment Agency, we have appointed GPHL from Penrith as the lead contractor. GPHL is another local family business which specialises in hydro-electric projects including those at Rydal Hall and the Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire. The principal designer for the project will be Ellergreen Hydro, which has been designing and building multi megawatt and hydroelectric schemes in Cumbria and Wales for over 10 years.
For future updates on how the Hydropower project at Low Wood Bay is progressing then please check back later. We will provide project updates both on this page and across social media.
“Working with GPHL and Ellergreen Hydro, our aim is to ensure we meet the most stringent environmental standards and at the same time achieve an industry leading exemplar of sustainable engineering.”
Tim Berry, English Lakes Hotels Estates and Leisure Director