Hydro proposal at Afon Bodesi

Afon Bodesi with Tryfan in the distance

We firmly believe that the use of renewable energy is a vital step towards combating climate change, which is one of the biggest threats facing humanity and the natural environment we depend upon.

As a conservation charity we’re committed to ending reliance on fossil fuels and utilising the appropriate renewable technology responsibly.   

As part of our renewable energy investment programme, we have been considering hydro-electric schemes in the Ogwen and Ffrancon valleys, Snowdonia.

Following independent ecological surveys by specialists who have carefully assessed the habitats and the sensitive method needed to allow the renewable source to be harnessed in an environmentally responsible way; we are proposing a micro hydro scheme of up to 100kW on the Afon Bodesi.

The project includes a small weir structure to capture a proportion of the water flowing in the river, a pipeline to take the abstracted water down to a powerhouse building which will house a turbine, a generator and associated electrical infrastructure.

Before submitting an application for planning permission and abstraction licence we are consulting with our tenants, the local community and other stakeholders who are interested in the project at Canolfan Gymunedol Capel Curig Community Centre on the 13 June, 10am – 6pm.

If you would like more information about the proposed hydro scheme you are welcome to attend the drop in day at Capel Curig Community Centre or email hydroseryri@nationaltrust.org.uk.