Scotland begins operating 1-MW Merk small hydro project

The 1-MW Merk small hydro plant began operating on the River Fyne, Argyll, Scotland, and a ribbon cutting was held Aug. 24.

The run-of-river scheme cost £3.5 million (US$5.4 million) to develop and was a joint venture by developers and local community organizations, including MEG Renewables, Richard Grubb family, CRF Hydro Power and Here We Are.

The plant is expected to generate as much as 3.3 GWh of electricity annually. A small header pond, with enough capacity to allow nearly four hours of generation, provides the owners with the flexibility to choose when to generate electricity.

As of Aug. 3, it was reported that all aspects of on-site construction were complete and turbine testing was being conducted.

This project was first proposed in 2006, and site construction work began in May 2013.

Companies that did work on the project include Kestrel Controls (electrical installation), Canyon (turbine supplier), Michael Melville MAM Contracting Ltd. and Gregor Cameron Consultancy (project director).

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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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