New Killin power plant nears com­ple­tion

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

A POWER plant near Killin which will use vir­gin tim­ber to gen­er­ate heat and pro­duce elec­tric­ity for 10,000 homes is due to be com­pleted in Septem­ber.

MP Steven Pater­son joined Trossachs and Teith Coun­cil­lor Fer­gus Wood on a visit to the site of the new biomass plant in Acharn For­est. Once com­pleted, the six megawatt com­bined heat and power pro­ject will em­ploy up to 20 peo­ple, mak­ing a long-term con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Steven Pater­son MP said: ‘This is an im­pres­sive pro­ject and, once com­pleted, will take on an im­por­tant role in our move to­wards a cleaner renewable en­ergy sec­tor. The pro­ject from the start has in­volved lo­cal com­pa­nies and en­gaged with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, and I hope this con­tin­ues.’

Coun­cil­lor Fer­gus Wood added: ‘I’m ex­cited about this pro­ject and its po­ten­tial, not just as an em­ployer and source of renewable en­ergy, but the in­volve­ment of the lo­cal com­mu­nity could lead us to cre­ative use of the heat gen­er­ated from the plant’s op­er­a­tions.

‘It’s al­ready been sug­gested grow­ing to­ma­toes and other pro­duce with this heat.’

MP Steven Pater­son and Coun­cil­lor Fer­gus Wood meet work­ers at the site of the new power plant near Killin.

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