Aberdeen Community Energy
Aberdeen Community Energy is a multi-award winning Community Benefit Society, was set up in 2015 by the Donside Community Association (DCA) to build, own and operate the Donside Hydro Scheme on behalf of the community.
We are a multi-award winning Community Benefit Society, established, owned and run by the community. Our purpose is to build, own and operate Aberdeen’s first community energy project, Scotland’s first urban community hydro and install the UK’s widest Archimedean screw turbine. We bring you, the Donside Hydro.
The Donside Hydro will harness energy from its neighbouring river – The Don – to create electricity which will be sold to the national grid.
Income generated from the project will be channelled into initiatives that will achieve social and environmental benefits for the local regeneration area. Plans for these initiatives are already underway, with immediate focus on the improvement of the local riverside.
The micro hydro scheme is located at a bend of the River Don, at the edge of the former papermill which is now being re-developed for a variety of other purposes, including residential housing, with the riverside being developed by the community for recreational use and wildlife value.
The land for the hydro was secured from the landowner and developer, Sanctuary Group, by the community for the generation of renewable energy.
By short-cutting this bend in the river, the hydro makes use of the gradually sloping river bed that falls over a depth of about 2.5m and covers a distance of 200m. The hydro scheme will be fed by a new lade and make full extent of the natural fall by cutting across the bend.
A feasibility study indicated that the site has the potential to generate about 400kW of power but under the current government energy subsidy regime (Feed-in-Tariff ) a scale of 100kW is the most economically feasible.
Donside Village has an enviable location on the banks of the River Don approximately 4km from the city centre of Aberdeen. It is on the site of the former Donside Papermill in the wider Tillydrone community. The papermill occupied the site until its closure in 2001 and demolition in 2006.
The site has been, and continues to be re-developed into a sustainable mixed community one of the UK’s largest Registered Social Landlords; Sanctuary Housing.
Inside the original boundary of the former papermill, new modern energy efficient flats and houses have been built, with a mix of social housing, part buy and owner occupied properties. The properties overlook the river which will be designed and landscaped by the community as an amenity for people and wildlife from the local community and beyond.
This community is known as Donside. It is represented by the Donside Community Association, made up of the residents and friends of Donside Village.