A UK energy supplier has signed up three new hydro-powered energy generation plants in Scotland, adding to its existing portfolio of wind, solar and anaerobic digestion.
The first of the new agreements include two plants with a total capacity of 57KW at the Auchencheyne Farm and a third 190KW plant at a Selcoth Farm in Dumfries & Galloway – expected to generate enough power to supply 58 SMEs.
Steve James, Director – Corporate Solutions at Opus Energy said: “The renewables division at Opus Energy continues to perform strongly as businesses realise that generating their own renewable power makes sound economic sense, particularly in today’s economic climate. We’re thrilled to be adding hydro-generation to our portfolio.
“We’ve found that many businesses aren’t aware that by generating renewable power and therefore putting a lower demand on the grid to supply them they are also cutting down on rising industry charges.”
Earlier this year its survey showed a growing level of interest among UK businesses in generating renewable energy from their own premises.
Opus Energy also claims 86% of people said their businesses would consider generating renewable power using solar technology whilst 27% chose wind energy.
It supplies more than 150,000 business locations across the UK with power and also purchases renewable energy from more than 650 renewable generators which it then supplies to its customers.
Last month energy supplier SSE also confirmed plans to build a £30 million hydropower plant in Ross-shire in northern Scotland.