A HYDRO-electric scheme could be a step closer at a Pennine beauty spot.
A community group has submitted a planning application for the Saddleworth Community Hydro Ltd at Dovestone Reservoir.
The steering group is hoping it will even be operational this year, if planning consent is given.
They’ve chosen a 51kw crossflow turbine which could generate enough electricity to power 70 homes.
Dovestone is off the Greenfield road and is visited by many Huddersfield families every year.
Keith Begley, spokesman for the steering group, said: “Although it is classed as a medium head micro hydro-electric scheme there are reasonably high expectations for their innovative project, which may prove capable of producing enough power to meet the needs of 70-plus average households.
“It is believed to be the first of its kind in England.”
The team of environmentalists had looked at various water sources to examine the potential for water power generation.
They found local rivers to be unsuitable before turning their thoughts to reservoirs.
After five years of planning Mr Begley says the “dream is about to become a reality”.
The hydro scheme will be managed by the grandly-titled Turbine House, which is actually a small garage-sized building on the side of Dovestone. It will house the water-powered turbine generator.
It is expected to provide a constant supply of electricity, around 50kw, and the National Grid pay the maximum tariff for it.
The plans involve the construction of a generator housing, which will have a living roof, and installation of a diversion pipe.
The application has been submitted to Oldham Council.