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Hydropower scheme approved for River Thames in Reading

Caversham weir Image copyright Rose and Trev Clough - Geograph
Image caption The two turbines at Caversham weir are expected to generate 380 MWh of electricity each year

A community group has received planning permission to install two water turbines to produce hydropower on the River Thames in Reading.

Electricity generated at Caversham weir will be enough to power about 100 homes and the group expects construction to begin in 2018.

During construction the weir will be adapted to aid the movement of fish.

The group hopes to raise much of the investment by a community share offer.

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