Small hydro project begins operating in Scotland

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The 450-kW Callander Community Hydro Ltd. project is now operating near the town of Callander in Scotland.

The project was developed by the Callander Community Development Trust, with a goal of generating income for community projects. Electricity generated by the project will be sent to the national grid through the feed-in tariffs scheme.

“As Callander is never short of water, this should be seen as an advantage …. It could become an asset for the entire community,” the trust says on its website.

The run-of-river project is situated in Stank Glen on Forestry Commission land. The total cost to develop it has been reported at 1.65 million pounds (US$x million). The project is expected to produce 1.32 GWh of electricity annually.

Companies working on the project include: Great Glen Consulting, project manager; Greencat, technical consultant; BTO, solicitors; Brownriggs, quantity surveyors; Macfarlane Gray, financial consultants; MNV Consulting, environmental studies and planning; and Gilkes, turbine manufacturer.

Callander Community Development Trust is a charitable organization of volunteers set up in 2004 that undertakes practical projects for the benefit of the Callander community.

We recently reported on commercial operation of the world’s first community-owned tidal turbine unit, also in Scotland.

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