Latest News | 2 November 2023

Time running out to support waterpower project

Cromford Mills
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Time is running out to support a crowdfunding campaign to raise cash to bring waterpower back to Cromford Mills.

The historic site, which played a pivotal role in shaping the Industrial Revolution as the first successful water powered cotton spinning mill in the world, has embarked on a project to install a new water wheel, hydro turbine and water source heating system.

By utilising the original water course, this system is expected to generate approximately 20 to 25% of on-site electricity.

The project has been made possible, thanks to the Green Entrepreneur Fund, Severn Trent Community Fund and local businesses, including Vaillant.

However, due to rising costs, a funding gap was identified – and Cromford Mills needs to raise £30,000 to complete the installation this month.

With just days to go, the crowdfunder is a few thousand pounds shy of its target – and Cromford Mills is appealing to the Bondholder community to help it get over the line.

Simon Gill, operations director at Cromford Mills, said: “I have been reaching out to local Derbyshire businesses, seeking any support towards the project, and to be part of a fantastic sustainable community project that we can all support and be proud of.

“We are going to have a sponsor’s board on site for all the main sponsors and there is a lot of social media around this.

“We will be having a grand VIP opening/launch in the spring, which major sponsors will be invited to.

“We appreciate these are difficult economic times for all businesses, so any donation would be appreciated.”

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