March 29 (SeeNews) - Green Highland Renewables is starting work today on two run-of-river hydro schemes in Glen Affric in Scotland's Highland region with a combined capacity of 3.5 MW.
The projects -- a 2-MW scheme on the Abhainn Gleann nam Fiadh and a 1.5-MW one on the Allt Garbh -- were given the go-ahead by the Highland Council in 2013. They are expected to be completed in the spring of 2017 and to generate enough electricity to supply about 2,750 homes.
The schemes are located on land managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland, SSE and part of Wester Guisachan Estate. The Scottish run-of-river hydro developer said that they were among a number of developments being progressed by energy companies as part of a renewables programme across Forest Enterprise Scotland-managed land.
The two facilities will operate for at least 40 years.
Green Highland Renewables noted that in line with the community benefits associated with its developments on the National Forest Estate, the community will get GBP 5,000 (USD 7,100/EUR 6,400) a year per MW, as well as a 5% royalty payment.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.423/EUR 1.272)