Bainbridge in North Yorkshire first had hydroelectricity in 1912, powering street lights and some houses. A century later, water is again providing electricity to the village.
Deborah Millward of River Bain Hydro says, “With a local community share scheme, the support of a Yorkshire Dales National Park sustainable development fund, and Charity Bank’s loan, we can generate electricity for around 45 homes."
Simon Thorrington, Charity Bank’s Regional Director for the North , says, “I was particularly impressed with the project’s wider commitment to the community. All surplus profits are to be used to fund other projects to help mitigate the effects of climate change in the catchment area of the River Bain.”