|Location||Cwm Rheidol, Near Aberystwyth|
Rheidol is the oldest member of our portfolio and has been generating renewable energy since July 1964. During 2004 Rheidol Power Station's control room was refurbished to accommodate its new role at the heart of our renewable business, monitoring all of our wind farms 24 hours a day.
We have received numerous accolades through our work at Rheidol including:
- The amenities provided for the enjoyment of the public have been recognised by awards from the Wales Tourist Board, Wales in Bloom and the Prince of Wales' Committee.
- The landscaping of Felin Newydd weir earned a Civic Trust award.
How the scheme works
A series of aqueducts feed into three main reservoirs at Nant-Y-Moch, Dinas and Rheidol. At Dinas Power Station we have a turbine generating 13MW and at Rheidol Power Station we have two larger turbines generating 20.05MW. At full load we usually generate at 49.225MW but we have the capacity to run at 56MW. Once the water has potentially been used for generating 3 times over it continues it's course down the river and into the Irish sea.
Control Room - the hub of Renewables
Here at Rheidol our control room in manned 365 days a year 24 hours a day, by a team of 6 shift operators. Within our control room we monitor all of our wind turbines. This enables us to start, stop and monitor any defects that each turbine may have. Some might say that this is the hub of Renewables.
The Rheidol Hydro scheme is one of the premier visitor attractions in mid-Wales and we are happy to welcome visitors who take an interest in our activities. The visitors centre is open daily from 1st May - 30th Sept. Entry into the visitors centre and tours of the station are all free of charge. The Visitors Centre has interactive educational models for the younger generation who want to learn about renewable energy as well as a café for those who want a quiet cup of relaxing tea.
Events and the local community
During our PR season we play host to a variety of events including a fun day, coach trips to a wind farm in conjunction with the BWEA and many educational visits. We are also very pro-active within our local community working closely with Clwb Rheidol and Aberffrwyd ladies guild.
To book a tour or any general enquiries contact Abigail Barnett at Rheidol Power Station, Cwm Rheidol, Aberystwyth, SY23 3NF or telephone 01970 880667 or via e-mail at email@example.com.