Plans to generate power for Windsor Castle from a hydroelectricity scheme on the River Thames have been given the go-ahead, it was announced today.
The scheme, a first for the royal household, will be the largest of its kind in the south of England. The £1 million, 200 kilowatt Romney Weir Hydro Scheme will be located next to Romney Island between Windsor and Eton in Berkshire, and will consist of four turbines submerged in two of the ten bays that make up the weir.
Constructed by npower renewables, the turbines will be underwater and incorporated into the existing weir structure so they are virtually invisible and silent.
Construction is expected to begin next year, with Windsor Castle due to receive green electricity before the end of 2006. The turbines will provide around a third of the electricity used at Windsor, which is the largest occupied castle in the world.
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