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Gilkes Energy completes work on 1.9-MW Ederline small hydropower plant

Ederline Small Hydropower Plant

Scotland's 1.9-MW Ederline micro hydropower project is now generating energy, developer Gilkes Energy Ltd. has announced.

Located on the shores of Loch Awe, the hydroelectric plant is a joint venture between Gilkes Energy and the landowners, the Wilson family.

The project includes a dam and is the largest developed to date by Gilkes Energy, whose recent projects also include a 730 kW project in Pitlochry and a 700 kW project in near Glen Strathfarrar.

"It is a larger and more complex project than average primarily due to the presence of the dam, multiple intakes and long grid connection," Gilkes Energy representative Carl Crompton said. "Financing too was far from simple as the project had to be structured to satisfy the demands of a number of investors and a debt provider."

The company said it received planning permission and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) approval in 2011, with construction beginning in May 2012.

Gilkes Energy said the project was completed on time and budget despite some delays regarding the United Kingdom's feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme.

"After almost five years of work we got there in the end and now have a commercial-scale project which has contributed to the local economy and employment," Crompton said. "The project not only helps secure the financial viability of the farm for the next generation, but contributes, in a modest way, to the fight against climate change by generating clean, renewable energy for the next 50-60 years."

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