Hydro scheme is officially ‘awesome’

Dalavich hydro's energy award.

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Dalavich’s community powered hydro is officially ‘awesome’.

The Awesome Energy project has just been declared a winner at a new event celebrating the best in renewable energy.

The accolade came at the first Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards last week held in Inverness.

Awesome Energy won the Best Community Energy Project, beating projects from North Uist and Community Energy Scotland.

More than 200 guests attended the glittering evening ceremony, including Dalavich hydro’s project manager Carol Thomas.

Mrs Thomas said: ‘The fact that we used predominantly local companies in the build and development, that we use local people to maintain the scheme and that we were able to partner generator to generator to overcome grid curtailment all contributed to our success.

‘Many thanks to everyone who has been and continues to be involved in the project. Now all we need is some rain!’

The awards were set up to showcase, recognise and reward the contribution that energy makes to the Highlands and Islands economy and the businesses at the heart of it.

Dalavich’s hydro scheme smashed expectations for its first year in 2018, beating its predicted energy generation target despite a period of big freeze and then a total lack of water over the hot summer. The project was also able to give back the £6,000 invented by Dalavich Improvememnt Gig that helped get the funding started to make it all happen.

To find out more about the scheme and about share options go to awesome-energy.com/shareholders.html