By: Richard Burdge.
Published in: The Courier.
Date: 22 October 2012.
A hydro scheme that could net a Highland Perthshire community a multimillion-pound windfall is an ''interesting proposition'', according to the local councillor.
It emerged at the weekend that Donald Ogilvy Watson is offering the people of Aberfeldy 50% of any profit from a controversial hydro scheme, in return for permission to build part of it on common land.
The scheme at the famous beauty spot the Birks of Aberfeldy has split local opinion, with fears that it could damage the falls, which were immortalised by Robert Burns after a visit.
Earlier offers have been rejected by the community but the financial incentive may help to sway public opinion.
Renewable energy consultants estimate that the offer — which would be dependent on the community investing around £285,000 in the project — could in return net the community more than £6 million over the next 50 years.
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