You may not be able to see many of them, but in recent years hundreds of ‘run of the river’ hydro schemes have been powering a quiet revolution in Scotland’s glens, says Mark Mathieson, Chief Executive Officer of Green Highland Renewables.
As the impact of a rapid reduction in the feed in tariff for small-scale hydro takes hold, the next two years will be crucial. Here Alex Reading from Green Highland Renewables assesses how scheme owners can maximise returns and complete on time.
Scotland is still the hydro nation. More than a century on from the start of Scotland’s first hydro scheme, a wave of small scale projects is offering jobs and economic activity across the Highlands, says Gavin MacKay from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.