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Group announces hydro wheel plan

Investors are wanted to help reduce Sheffield's carbon emissions

A renewable energy group in Sheffield is hoping to launch a hydro power scheme which will reduce the city's carbon footprint.

Sheffield Community Renewables (SCR) is looking for investors to build a wheel at Kelham Island to use water from the Don to create electricity.

If successful, the wheel will create enough energy to power about 40 homes.

Rob Pilling, chairman for SCR, said: "We would like to have the scheme up and running by 2010."

He added: "Small schemes like this are nice because they generate lots of energy and people in the community can relate to them."

SCR recently received a £50,000 government grant to help in Sheffield's bid to become a low-carbon city.

Commenting on its website, SCR said: "The funds will help us deliver renewable energy schemes in Sheffield by giving local people the opportunity to make an ethical investment in these projects."

SCR encourages residents to invest in renewable schemes.

Investors sometimes receive interest payments on their initial investment but in most cases cash is reinvested into similar schemes.

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