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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 December 2006, 14:41 GMT
Water power to fuel youth hostel
Derwentwater YHA
The hydro-electric project is cutting carbon emissions
Hydro-electric power is being used to light and heat a Cumbria youth hostel.

The 44,000 Derwentwater Youth Hostel Association (YHA) project involved rebuilding a dam across the beck that flows through the hostel grounds.

The water was redirected, with some channelled through an electricity-generating turbine.

The system provides 40% of the electricity requirements for the building - saving 4,000 a year in fuel costs and cutting carbon emissions.

'Educational potential'

YHA environmental officer Ewan Boyd said: "This is a very exciting development as it is our biggest hydro scheme to date and the first that feeds directly into the National Grid.

"Not only does this project provide energy from a sustainable source, which is extremely environmentally friendly, but it also gives us a lot of educational potential."

Funding for the project came from government grants and the Lake District Sustainable Development Fund.

The hostel is on the site of a 200-year-old mansion near Keswick.

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