The Scottish Government has consented a 5MW hydro project in the Highlands which is expected to generate enough power for around 2,400 homes. Since May 2007, the Scottish Government has determined 52 energy applications, including approval for 43 new renewable and three non-renewable projects.
Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, said: “I have carefully considered the application for development at Loch Eilde Mor and this is a good scheme which will provide a new green energy source and sustainable economic benefits – an excellent example of using our natural assets in harmony with the environment. The Scottish Government’s target is to meet the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand from renewables by 2020, and every new hydro-scheme is another step towards realising that goal.”
In 2009, 27% of electricity demand came from renewables. There is around 7GW of renewables capacity installed, under construction or consented around Scotland, which will take Scotland beyond their target of 31% of Scotland’s electricity demand from renewables by 2011.