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 (Latest update April 2022)
In December 2017, we posted here that “The planned pipe maintenance by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is now scheduled to start in January 2018. Unfortunately, our Talybont hydro will be out of operation for a further 6-9 months.”
How delightfully optimistic we were! We have had a friendly and helpful partnership with Dwr Cymru throughout these 5 years as we have worked together through all the technical and administrative hurdles to getting the turbine restarted. And there have been many. Our turbine has been removed, fully overhauled and reinstalled. We are now working hard to iron out the final issues which recent test runs have revealed. We are now (we hope) very close to a restart and will certainly be announcing it when it happens!
Sadly, the years without income for Talybont Energy has stalled nearly all our projects. Even after we restart, it will take some time before we are back in a position of being able to finance new projects for our community. But we are looking forward to that day!