Osney Lock Hydro
The first community-owned hydro scheme to be built on the Thames.
Opening times: The hydro site is generally open for you to enjoy 10am to 5pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Dependent on volunteer availability. If you are planning a visit, please contact us in advance to check it we will be open.
*Hydro site closed until 25 August due to volunteer holidays – if you’d like to help us keep the site open we’d love to hear from anyone interested in joining our site opening team!*
The hydro was commissioned at the end of January 2015, and became fully operational, in May 2015 following the completion of the fish pass.
Built on a small island next to the Thames towpath just north of Osney Lock, the hydro is positioned in a channel running to the West of the island. It shares the channel with one of six weirs in the Osney lock area. The land is owned by the Environment Agency (EA) and our initial lease is for 40 years.
Osney Lock Hydro is predicted to generate more than 179,000 kWh of clean electricity each year. That’s enough electricity to power more than 60 typical homes.