Plan to har­ness power of rain

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS INVERNESS -

Plans to cre­ate hy­dro schemes in a High­land es­tate will power it into the 21st cen­tury.

The Glen Des­sary Es­tate by Loch Arkaig presently re­lies on diesel gen­er­a­tors, but an en­ergy com­pany’s pro­pos­als could gen­er­ate enough elec­tric­ity there in a year to power more than 3,500 homes.

Innogy Re­new­ables Ltd (UK) has sub­mit­ted a scop­ing re­port to High­land Coun­cil for plans for up to eight in­di­vid­ual hy­dro schemes on the Lochaber es­tate.

Each of the schemes would be con­nected by ei­ther pole-mounted over­head lines or buried ca­bles and would pro­vide net­worked power to the es­tate for the first time.

Power would also be ex­ported to the Na­tional Grid with each scheme us­ing wa­ter from in­takes on the River Des­sary, River Pean or their trib­u­taries.

The com­pany an­tic­i­pates that the schemes would gen­er­ate around 17,000 megawatt hours of elec­tric­ity in an av­er­age year. Some na­tive tree plant­ing is pro­posed to help screen the build­ings.

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