Jenny Minto MSP powers up hydro scheme’s official opening

Jenni Minto MSP unveils the plaque to inaugurate the Glen Noe Hydro Power Scheme with Keith Moorcroft RWE.

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A £6.5 million river-run renewable energy scheme at Glen Noe near Taynuilt is officially open eventhough it was up and running earlier this year, supplying enough power for 1,436 homes each year.

It was Argyll and Bute MSP Jenny Minto who did the honours on Friday September 3.

She said: ‘In the run up to COP26 it is fantastic to have opened RWE’s new Glen Noe hydro scheme. Seven years ago I was involved in establishing a community wind turbine on Islay so I know the difference that funding from renewable energy sources can mean to communities.

‘Harnessing water and wind, two things Argyll & Bute has in spades, for renewable power is benefiting the local community and ensuring that Scotland takes another step to achieving net zero by 2045.’

The hydro scheme also brings with it £3,000 that will be given yearly during its working lifetime to Taynuilt Community Council to spend on good causes and projects on its doorstep.

Argyll and Bute Council gave permission for the hydro on the Glen Noe Estate near Loch Etive in September 2016, construction started in 2019 included building a powerhouse, 3km of buried pipeline and three intake weirs.

Caption; Jenni Minto MSP unveils the plaque to inaugurate the Glen Noe Hydro Power Scheme with Keith Moorcroft RWE.
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