500-kW Benlister small hydro plant operating on Isle of Arran, Scotland

The 500-kW Benlister small hydro plant is now operating on the Benlister Burn to the west of Lamlash on the Isle of Arran.

According to a BBC News report, the project was developed by Glenkiln Hydro, which was established by J K & C Bone, a farming business, and MEG Renewables, a renewable energy developer.

Planning consent for the project was obtained in September 2014 and construction began in January 2015. The PressReader reported the project was officially opened Nov. 4 but began producing electricity in July.

The facility consists of a primary intake point and two secondary intake points. It has a head of 269 meters and is expected to generate 1,500 MWh of electricity annually. It is connected to the National Grid.

Financing for the project was supplied by the Bank of Scotland.

The Isle of Arran, in the Firth of Clyde, had a population of just over 4,600 in 2011.

Several small hydropower projects are being developed in Scotland. Just last month, we reported on a 500-kW project launched in Cumbria.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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