Talybont on Usk Energy Ltd owns and manages a community hydro scheme in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our 36kW hydro electric turbine works off the compensation flow from Talybont Reservoir and has been running since 2006. It was the first community hydro scheme in Wales.
Since 2010, we have operated a community eco car share scheme with one electric van and a car running on recycled vegetable oil. Over the past 4 years, we have installed 8kW PV panels on the community hall roof which helps cover the hall’s running costs and powers the community electric car. More recently, we have funded the installation of air source heating in the hall and an eco pod for the community teenagers to enjoy. We have developed a primary school education package and collaborated with our community cub group to develop the first ever community eco award for cubs. We fund the Talybont community newsletter and also donate a proportion of our hydro income to the Community Council to award to a wide range of community projects.
You can read on this site about who we are, our aims and history, the Talybont turbine and our community projects.
You can also catch up with our latest news and views.
Notice of Talybont Hydro Interruption (Update July 2016)
As a result of delays in the planned pipe maintenance by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, our Talybont hydro will be out of operation for a further 9 months.
Unfortunately, this means a lengthy period without income for Talybont Energy which will affect the projects we can undertake. It also means that we are unable to offer turbine visits for the time being to other communities, visiting politicians or the media. We are having regular update discussions with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and value our ongoing partnership with them.