An 18th century cotton mill on the banks of the River Bollin in Cheshire, UK, has had a new hydro-electric scheme installed to provide on-site power.

Installed at Quarry Bank near Wilmslow a Kaplan turbine now generates over 55% of Quarry Bank’s on-site energy requirements.

National Trust has a target to generate 50% of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020. It currently sources approximately 12% of energy from renewables and has developed around 250 small and medium renewable energy schemes at its sites.

Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director at the National Trust, said: ‘This is a transformative scheme. I couldn’t be more delighted that Quarry Bank, with its history of harnessing the energy of natural resources, has taken such a strong lead in converting to clean energy.’