A micro hydro project developed by Gilkes Energy Ltd. and a Scottish family is now producing energy.
Called the Frenich Hydro Project, the 730 kW project is located on the shores of Loch Tummel on land owned by the McKerrow family.
Gilkes Energy — a subsidiary of Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd. — said it started conduction initial feasibility studies for the plant in 2009 before receiving planning permission and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) approval in 2011.
Construction began in April 2011, with Hydroplan acting as lead consultant and DA MacDonald from Lochgilphead serving as lead civil contractor.
“We are very pleased to have generated our first unit of energy,” landowner Penny McKerrow said. “After almost four years of work it is really exciting to see this project come to fruition.”
The Frenich powerhouse features a Gilkes twin jet Pelton turbine, allowing it to maintain high efficiency across a wide range of flow conditions, the company said.
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