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    General News:Oxford Open Doors – hydro tours

    UPDATE: The tours are now all full.  We hope to hold more tours in the future. Please contact us to let us know if you’d like to know about future tour dates.   This September we’ll be taking part in Oxford Open Doors – a  weekend when we celebrate Oxford and all that makes it special –…
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    General News:AGM – Save the date

    This year’s AGM will be taking place in West Oxford on Tuesday 6th October 6-8pm.  We’ll also be offering Members attending the AGM the opportunity to have a guided tour of the hydro beforehand.   Please save the date, and watch out for an email with further details in September.    
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    General News:EIS Certificates dispatched

    We’re very pleased to announce that the EIS3 certificates – which enable eligible investors to claim their 30% tax relief – have been completed and dispatched today, 10th July. Those for investors in West Oxford have been delivered by hand and the others have been mailed second-class. Guidance on claiming tax relief is enclosed in…
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    General News:Generating enthusiasm

    We’ve been delighted by the enthusiastic response to the news that the hydro is now operational with many requests for visits from local residents, council groups and other community groups interested in setting up their own community owned hydro schemes. Our only disappointment is that visitors are currently unable to see the screw turning as…
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    General News:Weir gate noise

    We have been working with residents living very close to the hydro to help identify the source of disruptive noise and vibrations which they have been experiencing in their homes recently. These have been traced back to the new weir B gate, which forms part of the new weir complex near Osney Lock. The Environment…
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    General News:Up and running

    Great news from the river bank – we have started generating in earnest! With all the various tests successfully completed the hydro was ready to start generating, and with the recent rain, last Friday there was enough water in the river for the hydro to start running. The summer time is traditionally a time of lower…
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    General News:Final testing underway

    Today marks another important day down at the river bank – the start of the final testing phase for the hydro. The hydro plant was technically commissioned on 30th January but that wasn’t the end of the story for the development work. A further phase of telecommunications installation and lock-keeper training then had to begin.…
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    General News:University support of OLH featured in new film

    Last summer we were thrilled to be awarded a grant by the University of Oxford Small Community Grants Scheme to enable us to carry out audience research and interpretation plan for development for the public open space.  A short film featuring three of the projects the fund has supported – including OLH – has just been…
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    General News:Osney Lock Hydro on BBC Inside out

    Osney Lock Hydro will be featured on this Monday’s Inside Out (South) on BBC 1 at 7.30pm.   Local wind farm Westmill will also ‘star’ in this article on community energy.  Missed, it?  You can catch in on the BBC iplayer here.
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    General News:And we’re off!

    Our GE59 test was carried out this morning, and following a satisfactory test of the generating equipment, the hydro has been officially commissioned – the executive team celebrated with much needed hot chocolate after a chilly on-site orientation session this lunchtime. There are still final bits of work to do before we get fully operational,…
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    General News:Commissioning underway

    Commissioning of the hydro is now underway.  Mann power are on site to test the wiring, check over the mechanics and programme the control panel. If you are passing by on the towpath you may occasionally see the screw turning as part of the process. Once commissioning is finished, the next step is for Scottish…
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    General News:Switch on tantalisingly close

    We are just days away from generating electricity at Osney Lock Hydro. The powerhouse is built, and now we are on to the final bits of electrical works and testing phase.  This will include testing the control panels, communications between the hydro and the new weirs, mechanics and overall electrics. The final test, the G59…
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