Work starts on £3m Scottish hydropower project

A developer of small hydropower plants in the UK has starting building a £3 million facility in northern Scotland. Green Highland Renewables’ 750KW project near Loch Garry is expected to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A developer of small hydropower plants in the UK has starting building a £3 million facility in northern Scotland.

Green Highland Renewables’ 750KW project near Loch Garry is expected to generate enough electricity to power nearly 2,000 homes.

It is the third facility the company has started construction this year. The other two hydro schemes have a capacity of 500KW and 1,250KW.

All three projects will be linked by a 9.5 kilometre private grid network.

CEO Richard Round said: “Loch Arkaig is quite remote, with challenging topography and the cost to connect each scheme to the grid individually would have been prohibitive. However by linking them together with a dedicated private grid, which then ties into the local distribution network, we can make all the projects generate an economic return.”

The project is being funded by Triple Investment Management.