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Tourism venue switches to hydro.

A MAJOR visitors' attraction says it has become a self-sufficient zero carbon tourism venue.

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, near Abercrave in the Upper Swansea Valley, has switched on a pounds 300,000 hydro electric generator, which produces 65KW of energy. Apart from producing all the electricity needed by Dan Yr Ogof Caves, it will sell surplus electricity to the National Grid.

Ashford Price, the showcaves' chairman who first started working on the hydro electric project with his son, James, more than three years ago, said: "In the future, there is only one direction energy costs are going to go and that is upwards, hence, we needed to do something to remain competitive."

The hydro electric construction project, which took 12 months to complete, and three years to plan, has been timed perfectly for the celebration of the showcaves' centenary year.

The River Llynfell is used to power the new hydro electric generator.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 4, 2012
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