A hydropower station worth £12 million has officially been inaugurated in Scotland.
The 3MW plant has been developed by RWE Innogy and is located at the eastern end of Loch Arkaig.
Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, who was at the inauguration ceremony, said the Cia Aig Hydro Scheme “will help contribute to the growing importance of hydro generation in Scotland – the largest source of renewable power in Scotland after onshore wind”.
He added: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the development of renewables, including hydropower as part of Scotland’s balanced energy portfolio and we are already developing an overarching energy strategy, setting out what we can do to optimise the benefits of Scotland’s significant energy resources and expertise through to 2030.”
Mr Wheelhouse’s comments come as the Scottish Government has called on the UK Government to support future hydropower projects.
According to the British Hydropower Association, there are more than 177MW of small-scale projects in Scotland and around 1,700 people are working in the sector.