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26 Jul 2011 08:07:10

Scotland green lights hydropower projects

Scotland green lights hydropower projects
The Scottish government has given the green light to a new hydroelectric project within the Highlands.

Loch Eilde Mor, near Kinlochleven, will house a 5MW hydropower development capable of generating enough energy to power in the region of 2,400 homes.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing said careful consideration was given to the scheme, describing it as "an excellent example of using our natural assets in harmony with the environment".

The refurbishment of Innerhadden hydro-scheme near Kinloch Rannoch has also been approved and the site will see two new weirs with self-cleaning screens installed.

Mr Ewing added: "The Scottish government's target is to meet the equivalent of 100 per cent of electricity demand from renewables by 2020, and every new hydro-scheme is another step towards realising that goal."

A further four hydropower projects are being assessed by the government, with 33 being considered overall.

Earlier this year, the Scottish government announced it was streamlining the planning process for hydroelectricity schemes, bringing the approval process in line with that for wind farms.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800633661-ADNFCR

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