A former quarrying town in Wales is pioneering a co-operative that could prove a model for renewable energy while slashing household bills. Although the technology is complex, the project’s appeal is simple: when it rains, residents get cheaper electricity. By matching local electricity use to the energy generated by a hydro facility on a river nearby, basically a modern watermill, the pilot scheme builds community support for green energy, while encouraging households to take responsibility for their consumption. At present 100 homes around Bethesda, a town of 4,000 people in Gwynedd on the edge of Snowdonia, get a 45 per cent cut in the price of energy when the hydro facility on National Trust land works at full pelt.
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