We have had a lot of support from many sectors of our local community and from further afield.
If we are seriously to tackle the major challenges posed by climate change, we need to rebalance our energy system to use more renewable resources. In the past, the Thames has generated electricity for Reading and local communities, and there is enormous potential for it do so again: I strongly support this important new initiative from the Reading Sustainability Centre, which will make a great contribution to tackling climate change
Professor Nigel Arnell, Director, Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research, University of Reading
To reach our Greenhouse gas reduction targets we need a big growth in renewable energy production and also public involvement and enthusiasm. This project ticks all these boxes.
Professor Sir Brian Hoskins CBE, FRS, Member of the UK Committee on Climate Change.
When it comes to environmental issues, I know from personal experience that it can feel like you are swimming upstream against a current of apathy, but now and again you come across a project where professionalism, inspiration, and dogged determination combine to create marvellous results. The Reading Sustainability Centre embraces all these skills and many more. With it’s team of professionals and enthusiasts this project is certain achieve all its ambitions.
Keith Hall – founder of The AECB and editor of Green Building Ezine
What an excellent initiative! To harness the water from the weir and to use a turbine to generate revenue for the promotion of Eco projects and also for the benefit the local community.
Mr Peter Todd, Woodley – retired engineer.
Renewable energy has economic advantages that extend beyond steady, predictable electric rates. Doing all we can to combat climate change comes with several benefits, from reducing pollution and associated health care costs, to strengthening and diversifying the economy by shifting to renewable energy, and decreased reliance on the unstable suppliers of oil and gas. I am proud to live in an area that is taking our national climate change and emissions obligations seriously.
Sam Mudie, Energy Manager, Mitchells & Butlers plc and Reading University.
I am greatly encouraged by the proposed community lead low head hydro scheme in Reading which will generate useful green energy whilst also enabling local people to take part in an imaginative and innovative project. Hopefully, the scheme will encourage more such local renewable energy schemes.
Keith Richards OBE CEO, TV Energy Ltd
The Archimedes screw generator is a robust and simple technology with a high overall efficiency across a range of flows, and will produce green electricity – great that it will be owned and run by local people.
Maria Vahdati MSc Renewable Energy – Course Director University of Reading
More renewable energy is vital for a sustainable future. We hope the Reading hydro scheme proves viable and will go ahead soon.
John Booth – on behalf of The Greater Reading Environmental Network
Our concerns for the future include providing enough energy, food, and water for a growing population, but without degrading the fragile environment of the Earth. We need to act restoratively, to put in place systems that will be resilient to the effects of climate change, while mitigating such change over the longer term. We must develop low-carbon energy sources, while engaging in regenerative agriculture and permaculture, to reduce soil erosion, rebuild the soil-carbon, and allow the natural stores of water to recharge.” Professor Chris Rhodes, Director of Fresh-lands Environmental Actions, Chair of Transition Town Reading, Scientific Advisor to the European Commission on competitive low-carbon energy technologies, and an Executive Board member of the Reading Climate Change Partnership.
“The plans for a new Reading Sustainability Centre are an exciting development which links well with the strong sustainable development focus the University of Reading has, not only within its research and teaching, but also within its estates and facilities operations. The proposed new hydro scheme, after a full consultation, could also potentially offer a very important community-based element in the overall scheme.
Professor Tim Dixon, Chair in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment, University of Reading
Quakers are strongly committee to sustainability. Local renewable energy projects like TRSC are really valuable in providing both sustainable energy and community benefits. Reading Quakers strongly support the TRSC initiative.