SSE gets hydro green light

SSE Renewables, the renewables arm of Scottish and Southern Energy, has been given the go-ahead to develop a new 7.5MW hydro electric power station at Kildermorie, Ross-shire. The Kildermorie hydro […]

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SSE Renewables, the renewables arm of Scottish and Southern Energy, has been given the go-ahead to develop a new 7.5MW hydro electric power station at Kildermorie, Ross-shire.

The Kildermorie hydro electric scheme will generate enough electricity to power around 9,400 homes. It will consist of a new dam and storage reservoir at the head of a buried pipeline and a semi-buried powerhouse.

SSE Renewables project manager Calum Robb said: “SSE is committed to reducing the carbon intensity of its generation by 50% by 2020, and the new hydro scheme at Kildermorie will help achieve this target.

“Work to address the conditions associated with the consent will now take place, and it is likely that construction work will start within the next twelve months. We anticipate that it will take around two years to complete construction.”

SSE has 3,660MW of renewable energy capacity in operation, under construction or with consent for development in the UK and Ireland.