500-kW Carrongrove small hydroelectric project online in Scotland

TLS Hydro Power Ltd. this month has commissioned its 500-kW Carrongrove small hydroelectric project on the River Carron in Denny, Falkirk, Scotland.

Published reports indicate the project took one year to complete, 100% of the water used at the project will be returned to the river, and the site includes a new fish ladder. The plant will provide energy to a 38-acre site at Carrongrove designated for residential homes.

The fish ladder will enable up to 30 km of main river and tributaries to be spawning ground for salmon and sea trout.

TLS Hydro Power Ltd. has solely developed seven small hydropower schemes in Scotland and Carrongrove is the company’s eighth project.

TLS Energy Group is based in Hertfordshire, England, and owned by founders Bob and Pat Middleton. It incorporates three main companies: TLS Hydro Power, Tradelink Solutions and LoCO2 Energy.

The cost of the project is not immediately available, but in 2015, TLS Energy Group began seeking US$3.7 million in investments through a bond initiative backed by Triodos Bank N.V.

Ian Almond, an engineer for the group, said the company was delighted to have commissioned the Carrongrove project.

“The electricity generated in our power station will be enough to supply approximately 500 homes through our sister company, LoCO2 Energy,” he said.

“We are the latest in a long line of industrial history on the River Carron and pleased to play a part in the wider regeneration of the river by installing our Alaskan fish pass enabling salmon and trout populations to flourish.”

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for HydroWorld.com.

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