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Ty Bro Dyfi

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Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER, UK.
phone: 01654 703965
e-mail: info@ecodyfi.org.uk

Become a member of ecodyfi We want everybody in the Valley to join, so it only costs £1. Drop into Ty Bro Dyfi or send some stamps.

The information centre is open Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 3.00. You might even like to get involved in staffing it or in helping to run a project. Please come and see us!

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In the energy section

Ecodyfi has established a number of small community-based water, wind, solar and wood-fuel schemes and is working towards "greening" the local energy economy.

Through an EC-funded project in 1998-2001 it brought around £300,000 into the local economy and raised awareness of energy issues as well as placing the Dyfi Valley at the forefront of involving local people with renewable energy, for example with the continuing Bro Ddyfi Community Renewables project.

This has seen the creation of the UK's first community-owned wind turbine, in Pantperthog.

We established and ran the Dyfi Solar Club but no longer run the training courses.

Completed schemes

  • 16 schemes grant-aided (up to 30% of costs) representing £341,340 invested, including £97,340 of ERDF grant aid

  • solar water heating at 10 houses

  • 205 kW electrical capacity (hydro, wind, solar)

  • 150 kW heat capacity (solar, wood, heat pump)

  • 100 kW hydroelectric scheme at Maesglas (2 intakes)

Current renewable energy interests

  • Wood-chip fuelled district heating for Dinas Mawddwy / Minllyn and Corris (and Abergynolwyn)

  • 500 kW community wind turbine on Mynydd Glandulas

  • 200 kW water turbine at Nantyrehedydd, owned by private landowner

  • 100 kW water turbine at Nant Llyn Coch Hwyaid, owned by ecodyfi

  • Biodiesel

Andy Rowland of ecodyfi Award winner

Powys Renewable Energy Partnership won the "100% Communities: Rural" category in a European Commission campaign. Andy Rowland of ecodyfi received the Award from the Vice-president of the European Commission, Loyola de Palacio, at an international ceremony in Salamanca, Spain. Read the press release [Word doc: 20kB].

Further information

Reports on local and community ownership of wind projects: 2001 [Word doc: 96kB]; and 2004 [Word doc: 260kB],

An article on the social aspects of community wind power.

Lessons learned on community consultation from the community wind farm project at Awel Amen Tawe in South Wales: summary page and PDF [file size 1.1MB]

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