Yorkshire’s largest hydropower plant officially opened

The biggest ever hydropower plant to be built in Yorkshire has officially been opened. The 500kW Kirkthorpe scheme, four miles east of Wakefield, has a turbine with the capability of […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The biggest ever hydropower plant to be built in Yorkshire has officially been opened.

The 500kW Kirkthorpe scheme, four miles east of Wakefield, has a turbine with the capability of generating enough electricity to supply 800 homes.

Barn Energy claims 88% of the contracts for the £5.3 million plant have been placed with British companies.

It is also developing the Brotherton Weir project on the River Aire near Knottingley, which is scheduled to enter operation before the end of the year.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We’re delighted the Kirkthorpe Hydropower Scheme is up and running, providing a sustainable renewable energy source across the district. By utilising this we can help to reduce carbon emissions, protect the local environment and provide reliable, clean energy for future generations.”

A new 880MW gas-fired power plant was also recently opened in Greater Manchester.