The 2 megawatt (MW) £6.1m Allt Fionn Hydroelectric Scheme in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park was today opened by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. The estimated annual output of the run of river high head scheme will meet the electricity demands of over 1,700 households, more than one quarter of all households in the National Park.
The scheme is located at Glenfalloch, Nr Crianlarich, Stirling, on land leased from Glenfalloch Estate. It was developed by Osspower Limited in close consultation with the Estate, the National Park, SNH, SEPA and the local community.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:
“I am delighted to open the new Allt Fionn hydroelectric scheme today, which will meet the electricity demands of over 1,700 households. The development of the hydro industry is very important as we work towards our renewable energy targets.
“Schemes like Allt Fionn are helping us produce the clean, green power that we need for the future. I’m looking forward to hearing about the progress of the remaining projects on Glenfalloch Estate.”
David Lowes, Managing Partner of Glenfalloch Estate and Chairman of Osspower said:
“We are very pleased that the construction of the Allt Fionn Scheme has finally been completed within budget and to the rigorous environmental standards expected in this important part of the National Park.
“We would like in particular to thank the construction finance providers, the Co-operative Bank, Ventus 2 VCT , providers of early stage finance, Hydroplan UK, engineering and environmental consultants; the contractors D A MacDonald, and Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon Limited, who supplied the turbines.
“We will now focus on the financing and construction of the three remaining consented projects on Glenfalloch Estate totalling a further 4.1MW.”
Linda McKay, Convenor of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority said:
“The Allt Fionn Scheme is a model for the sort of renewable energy project we want to see in the National Park. The National Park Authority is committed to protecting and enhancing the special characteristics and natural beauty of the Park whilst making a contribution to Scotland’s goals for renewable energy production.
“We have demonstrated that by working in close and positive collaboration with land managers and renewable energy developers it is possible to reconcile the potentially conflicting priorities of protecting the natural heritage and permitting sustainable economic development in the Park.”
Douglas McAdam Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates said:
“We are delighted to see the completion of the first of Osspower’s four hydro schemes on Glenfalloch Estate. As a key member of Scottish Land & Estates we have taken a very keen interest as the Estate has progressed the schemes with Osspower. This is another example of our members’ key contribution to Scotland’s rural economy and to helping the Government achieve its national renewable energy targets.”