The journey so far

Waterside Green Energy was set up as a community cooperative in February 2020. Our purpose is to research possibilities for generating energy from renewable natural resources. The results of our research will lead to the generation of electricity.

  • November 2019

    A group of local people decide, in response to the climate emergency declaration, to investigate the hydropower potential on The River Great Ouse as a Community Energy project.

  • January 2020

    Support secured from St Neots Town Council.

  • March 2020

    Waterside Green Energy constituted as a Charitable Community Benefit Society serving the constituency of Huntingdonshire.

  • April 2020

    Support received for Little Paxton Parish Council and local people to conduct investigation of site.

    £5,000 start up grant from St Neots Town Council.

  • March 2021

    £40,000 grant from the Rural Communities Energy Fund (RCEF)to conduct Feasibility Study on the Mill Lane site.

  • April 2021

    Hydroplan Ltd won bid and contracted to conduct Preliminary Site Assessment and Feasibility Study.

    £1,000 grant from Cooperative Bank Community Fund for educational purposes.

  • October 2021

    WGE’s first AGM. New Board elected. Chairman reported on progress to date and optimism for the future.

    Public consultation showed local support and no objections.

  • November 2021

    Grant of £4,900 received from SNTC for public consultation materials and events and website. Materials for public consultations and launch events including a new website.

  • December 2021

    Feasibility Study Report shows site can house a hydroturbine installation which can be financed with support.

  • February 2022

    Further major grant applied for.

  • April 2022

    £100,000 grant received from RCEF.

    Research project set up with Eastern New Energy looking into onsite storage and local distribution.

    Support secured from Jonathon Djanogly, MP for Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire Count Council; The Combined Authority of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire District Council.

  • May 2022

    Starting working with experts on the details and costings for the hydropower installation.

    Launching new website.

    Grant of £50 from Quakers.

  • March 2023

    Cambridgeshire County Council formally adopted a Community Energy Policy. Under this policy the council defined ways it wants to work with local community organisations to ensure community driven renewable energy projects are supported. We have endorsed their timely commitment and have approached those responsible to find out how it will apply to us.