RWE Innogy opens Scotland's 3.5-MW Black Rock small hydro plant

Black Rock Hydropower Plant

European small hydropower developer RWE Innogy UK has officially opened the 3.5-MW Black Rock project in Scotland.

Located on the lower catchment of the River Glass, the run-of-river plant includes a weir located 3.5 kilometers upstream that allows up to 4.5 cubic meters per second to be fed into a buried pipeline that drop 94 meters to the powerhouse.

The powerhouse contains two 1.75 MW turbines, with output transferred to the local system via a buried 33kV transmission line.

Black Rock was opened with a ceremony that included Member of Scottish Parliament Rob Gibson, students from the Alness Academy Geosciences Club and other members of the public, who toured the plant to learn more about hydroelectric power.

RWE Innogy UK said it will invest more than US$268,000 in are community activities and projects through the lifetime of the scheme.

HydroWorld.com most recently reported on RWE Innogy in May 2014, when the company inaugurated the 4-MW Maldie plant in Scotland.

The company operates 23 small hydropower projects that have a cumulative output capacity of about 78 MW.

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