After my piece last week on HamHydro I got a very nice comment from James Heather about how in fact all the data was available on the web at http://www.hamhydro.org. And lots of it is – see my composite above. I have reproduced James’ comments below because they are very long and I am sure no one will read them as a comment to the previous article. James comments made me wonder if I had been over critical in my previous article and I spent the week feeling bad but I didn’t have a chance to update the blog until now – and its now gone midnight on Sunday!
Basically I was frustrated because I couldn’t find out even basic figures for the scheme. I have now got to the root of this. Searching for ‘Ham Hydro’ or ‘HamHydro’ currently does not return the above web link on the front page of Google. In my world, that means the page doesn’t functionally exist on the web. If you are running a project and you are not on the first page of Google then IMHO, you need to do something about it. By adding a link to their page and not to the other junk news stories I am doing my bit here. Maybe if everyone clicks on the link then Google will somehow sort itself out.
James Heather’s comment
My name is James Heather and I am a director of Ham Hydro CIC and also the project manager. First I would like to thank you for joining our energy share group as a supporter and for wishing us well in your blog.
I would like to take this opportunity to briefly address some of the points you have raised although if you (or any of your readers) would like further information please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org or our websitehttp://www.hamhydro.org.
First we are not looking for the public to invest £2.4M. We are planning to borrow money from the bank and the share issue you are referring to will be for a much smaller amount. Since the banks will be providing a large amount of capital we have entered into detailed negotiations with them and provided equally detailed information about the project to them. When the time comes that we are ready to approach the public about the idea of a share issue we will issue a comprehensive prospectus which will enable any potential investors to make an informed decision about whether our project is a suitable investment for them.
In the mean time we have provided information to the public which is designed to generate interest in the scheme and develop an awareness about what we are undertaking. We have always made ourselves available to anyone who was interested in gaining greater knowledge regarding the project via email, phone or at our office. As you will know from the extensive local press coverage and over 12 pages of google articles about Ham Hydro there is a lot of information available for anyone who is interested.
In addition to using press releases, the internet and our website we have given to presentations to many local groups and societies and are already scheduled to give many more. We have had a stand at most of the large summer fairs including the Richmond and Ham Fair. We have also held a well publicised (via local papers, community groups, emails, schools and a poster campaign) public meeting at which we both presented a wealth of information and answered all questions the public had. We also took the opportunity to talk about the range of studies we have undertaken including Environmental Impact Assesments, Flood Risk Analysis and Fish Studies.
We completely agree with you that this project represents an opportunity to raise consciousness of energy generation issues in schools and the community. In a fact we believe it provides a good platform to teach about sustainability in general along with the obvious focus on renewable energy. As such I have visited local schools and talked to them about potential projects. This has been met with much interest and several ideas are being developed. One school is looking at building a model of the scheme and studying how varying flow affects electricity production and other schools are looking at how the project could form the basis for coursework projects. We have also talked with the local universities and colleges and were happy to provide data to them for undergraduate projects. We have used the scheme as a reason to talk to schools about their energy usage and possible ways to reduce wastage. We have also tied up with the Ham and Petersham Low Carbon Zone as we feel both schemes are complimentary to aid their efforts to encourage lifestyle changes and implementation of energy saving measures in people’s homes.
Thanks again for your support. Please do email us if you have any further questions.
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