Developer begins construction of 1-MW Allt Gharagain small hydro project

Allt Gharagain Small Hydro Project

Scottish energy developer Green Highland Renewables has begun construction of a 1 MW small hydroelectric project near Anchansheen.

The US$5.8 million Allt Gharagain plant will be a high-head, run-of-river complex that will be connected to the grid in December.

Allt Gharagain is a joint venture with capital trust manager Albion Ventures and marks the company's fourth venture in Scotland's Wester Ross region.

"It is good to get this project of the ground," Green Highland managing director Ian Cartwright said. "We secured planning consent in 2011 and it has been a long wait for our grid connection date to come around."

Cartwright said the company has been busy in recent years, with 37 projects receiving consent since 2010 -- seven of which have been built and eight that are under construction.

HydroWorld.com reported in January that Green Highland Renewables had received $5.1 million from Albion Ventures for a 1 MW project in the Scottish highlands.

The company also received $5.27 million from the Scottish Equity Partner's Environmental Energies Fund in November 2012 to continue expanding its business.

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