Plan to harness power of rain
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.