Dam cleared for Scottish hydro-electric scheme

Aaron Morby 12 years ago
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The biggest hydro-electric project in Scotland in five years has been approved by ministers.

The 7.5 megawatt Kildermorie scheme, near Ardross in Easter Ross, will see a 220m long dam constructed across Gleann Mhuire running to around 12m in height.

A semi-buried powerhouse will be built, along with a tailrace to carry water away, upstream of Kildermorie Lodge.

Tendering is due to get underway shortly with work scheduled to start in 6-12 months .

Up to 80 jobs are expected to be created during the two-year construction project, and income will go back into managing the Kildermorie Estate.

The Scottish Government has set a target is to meet 50% of electricity demand from renewables by 2020.

In 2008, 22% of electricity demand came from renewables.

There is around 7 gigawatts of renewables capacity installed, under construction or consented around Scotland, which will take country beyond the interim target of 31% electricity demand from renewables by 2011.

The Scottish Government’s energy department is currently processing 33 applications – 24 onshore wind, 6 hydro and 3 thermal.

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