People are invited to hear more about the controversial Teddington Weir hydro proposal.
Ham Hydro hopes to demolish a section of the weir to install three Archimedean screw turbines that will generate electricity for 600 homes in the area and save about 1,000-tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Power generated from the scheme, which will also include a new fish pass and sluice gate, will be sold to the national grid, with profits going toward more low carbon projects in the community.
The scheme has been supported by MP Zac Goldsmith and Greg Barker MP, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, but has also raised fears from neighbours that it could ruin a scenic conservation area and cause noise misery.
The group has changed its name to Teddington and Ham Hydro to reflect the communities on both sides of the river and has received assurance from HMRC that the scheme qualifies for tax relief.
Teddington and Ham Hydro directors said initial investments would therefore qualify for 50 per cent tax relief, which would boost the attractiveness of the community project.
The drop-in evening will offer people the chance to ask questions, while the team will share how the scheme will be delivered and how it will look and feel.
It will be held at St Mary’s Parish Hall, in Langham Road, Teddington, from 6.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday, February 4.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to give directors an idea of numbers and for more information visit hamhydro.org.