A new 100kw hydro scheme has been switched on at the foot of Inverlochlarig burn, a course of water which feeds into Loch Doine, then Loch Voil and eventually the Firth of Forth. Inverlochlarig, near Lochearnhead and within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, is a 10,000 acre hill farm which has been tended to by the same family since 1877. It is home to more than 3,500 Scottish Blackface and Cheviot Ewes and a herd of 100 cattle.
The world’s first community-owned tidal power turbine has started producing electricity for the local grid. The turbine will power up to 30 homes, a locally owned ice plant, and Cullivoe Harbour Industrial Estate on Yell, in the Shetland Islands. The turbine is fixed on the seabed at a depth of more than 100ft and is designed to turn as the tide flows past it, driving a generator and producing electricity that is transmitted onshore via a 1km-long subsea table. It has been developed by Leith-based tidal energy company Nova Innovation and is wholly owned by the North Yell Development Council (NYDC), a company limited by guarantee and a charity.
A 900kW wind turbine is being installed on the most north westerly point of the Isle of Barra. It is expected that after a few years the revenue from the turbine will be able to be used for developments on the island. Barra now joins the group of islands with wholly community-owned wind turbines from Gigha in the south, through Tiree, South Uist, Lewis to the Orkney Isles.
The Lake District’s biggest hydro-electric project has been installed using a small weir on a tributary of the River Duddon. The £1.5 million scheme located at Logan Gill was one of the first renewable energy schemes in the UK to benefit from the feed-in tariff. The development has been undertaken by Ellergreen Hydro based in Kendal. Logan Gill – a 450kW scheme – was conceived and designed locally by specialist hydro consultants Inter Hydro, built by local contractors, and using a hydro-electric turbine made by Gilkes of Kendal, who have been global hydro industry leaders for over 150 years. It was financed by The Co-operative Bank, which has dedicated expertise in supporting small to medium scale renewable energy projects. Other schemes in Cumbria by Ellergreen Hydro include:
- Docker Nook – a 15kW Micro Hydro Scheme on a hill farm.
- Kilnstones – a 30kW project on a farm in Longsleddale.
- Kentmere Hall – a 60kW high head scheme on an historic hill farm.
- Burnside – a 100kW project on the River Kent using an Archimedes Screw to produce power for a paper mill.
- Broad Oak – a 100kW farm diversification scheme.
- Cunsey Beck – a 60kW scheme to revive an old water mill.