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Small hydro scheme in Morvern starts generating power

Morvern hydro scheme Image copyright Peter Dibdin
Image caption The scheme has been built on Forestry Commission land on the Morvern Peninsula

A new small-scale hydro scheme in the north west Highlands partly paid for by the local community has started generating electricity.

Morvern Community Development Company and Morvern Community Trust invested a total of £30,000 in the project.

The groups will receive some of the money raised from electricity sold.

Perth-based developer Green Highland Renewables had the scheme constructed on the Abhainn Shalachain river on land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland.

The 465kW scheme on the Morvern Peninsula was completed a month ahead of schedule.

Image copyright Peter Dibdin
Image caption The construction work was completed a month ahead of schedule
Image copyright Peter Dibdin
Image caption Electricity is generated using the Abhainn Shalachain river
Image copyright Peter Dibdin
Image caption Two community groups invested a total of £30,000 in the project

Angus Robertson, a local community director on the project, said: "We believe strongly in community ownership and development of our own natural resources.

"We would have liked to be able to afford a larger share but are delighted to be a part of it."

He added: "We thank the development team and are looking forward to a nice wet future."

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