Talks with the Environment Agency about installing hydro power generation at Osney Lock started, would you believe, 12 years ago.... 

At last an opportunity came up, when the EA decided that they will refurbish the lock this summer. But if their deadline was missed the opportunity would be lost, so the funds had to be raised by the 7th of May. The target was £250,000 from share sales and the rest to be a £350,000 bank loan (from the Charity Bank). But the share sales reached the target in less than 2 weeks! They decided to leave the offer open, and at the closing date it had reached £536,000.

Here is their web site if you want to read more about it. The response is very encouraging for us, but we have to remember that we will be looking for a bigger investment from a smaller population.