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Scottish hydro-electric schemes win approval

Four new hydro-electric schemes have been approved for construction on the Glen Falloch estate, near Crianlarich.

The Scottish Government said the plants, which could supply enough power for up to 4,100 homes, would help meet their aim of 50% electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020 - twice the level of demand in 2008.

Energy minister Jim Mather, who granted approval, said: “Scotland has an untapped potential for smaller hydro schemes which can create green energy and tackle climate change - these four schemes are perfect examples of how we can make the best use of our natural resources to create low carbon jobs.”

“These schemes are perfect examples of how we can make best use of our natural resources to create low carbon jobs.”

Energy minister Jim Mather

The developments are in line with the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park plan to promote the increased use of energy from renewable sources, Mather said.

Osspower Ltd lodged the applications in July last year to build the stations, which have a combined generating capacity of 6.7 MW. The site lies around three miles to the north of the loch, south west of Crianlarich.

The deal, supported by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage, will create around 50 construction jobs.

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