Construction begins on two Scottish small hydropower projects

Work on pair of new small hydropower plants on Scotland’s Glenfalloch Estate represents a significant step in achieving the National Park Partnership Plan’s 2012-2017 renewable energy goals, according to the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park (LL&TTNP).

The run-of-river projects include the Upper Falloch and Derrydarroch, which, combined with two others also located on LL&TTNPA land, will have a cumulative output capacity of 6.1 MW. Already commissioned is the Allt Fionn, while work on Ben Glas is expected to begin later this year. All four were granted planning permission by the Scottish government in 2010.

“The hydro schemes are a significant boost to the estate, enabling us to invest more in our activities and to play our part in furthering the aims of the National park in managing and protecting this incredibly beautiful yet sensitive part of Scotland,” Glenfalloch Estate managing director David Lowes said.

Upper Falloch and Derrydarroch are being constructed by RJ McLeod Ltd., with monitoring by LL&TTNP and other landscape, ecological and archaeological experts to ensure they comply in maintaining site integrity and minimizing impacts for visitors.

“We are very pleased at last to see the start of construction on these schemes,” Lowes said. “It has been a long journey to this point and our thanks are due to our financial partners and to the National Parks Association (NPA), Scottish National Heritage (SNH) and other agencies who have worked with us along the way.”

Scotland has seen a boom in small hydro development, with the 1.4-MW Slug of Auchrannie, 450-kW Callander and 750-kW Allt Choire all having seen advances in recent months.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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