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In a poignant tribute to the engineers whose bravery helped build Scotland’s vast array of hydro power stations, SSE has released a new publication of Power from the Glens.
The book tells the definitive story of how electricity was brought to the Highlands of Scotland.
The book, which combines a healthy balance of storytelling and imagery, includes a range of modern photography along with, for the first time, a portfolio of early sketches and drawings which were used to garner public and planning support.
Building on SSE’s hydro heritage, and to celebrate 75 years since The Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943, the energy company decided to publish a more definitive fourth edition of Power from the Glens to showcase the engineering revolution which brought power to the glens for the first time.
Gregor Alexander, SSE’s finance director, said: ‘SSE is very proud of its hydro heritage and we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who helped create our network of tunnels, dams and hydro stations. This is a key chapter in Scotland’s social and engineering history and we felt we had a duty to tell that story.’
Gillian O’Reilly, head of heritage for SSE, is delighted the book has been published and said: ‘It is a fitting and lasting tribute to those who built the dams and now future generations can come to our stunning visitor centre at Pitlochry and buy the book of our hydro story for themselves.’
The book is priced at £14 and is on sale from SSE’s Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre and via an online portal www.pitlochrydam.com