U.K. developer begins construction of 750-kW Allt Choire small hydro project

Scottish energy developer Green Highland Renewables began construction in August of the 750-kW Allt Choire a’ Bhalachain small hydroelectric project on the southern side of Loch Garry in Scotland.

The 3 million pound (US$5 million) project, funded by investor Triple Point, is one of two projects Green Highland Renewables is developing in the immediate area. The other is the 1.3-MW Allt Ladaidh project, which is to begin construction in 2015.

Highland Waterworks Ltd. is the main contractor, in their third project for Green Highland Renewables. Green Highland began development work on the site in 2011 and received full consent for the project in 2013. The local community is to receive an annual royalty in addition to the industry-standard community benefit of 5,000 pounds (US$8,364) per megawatt per year.

Green Highland Renewables purchased a hydro site in July from utility Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to construct the 2-MW Allt Coire Chaorach hydro project on Forestry Commission Scotland land in Glen Dochart west of Perth. SSE bought a third of the developer in 2008.

In 2013, Green Highland Renewables bought from SSE the 2-MW Allt a’ Chonais hydro project, which is to be commissioned later this year. United Kingdom-based Albion Ventures LLC last year invested 9.3 million pounds (US$15.5 million) in Green Highland to support construction of Allt a’ Chonais near Loch Carron in Scotland.

Green Highland Renewables also began construction in March of the 1-MW Allt Gharagain hydro project near Anchansheen, Scotland. (HydroWorld 3/28/14) Albion Ventures agreed in January to provide 3.1 million pounds (US$5.1 million) to Green Highland Renewables for Allt Gharagain.

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