Onshore renewables

£5m boost for two new Scottish hydropower schemes

17 Mar 2016

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Albion Community Power plc (ACP) has committed close to £5m to the development of two new hydropower schemes in the Scottish Highlands.

Summary

  • £4.8m

    Albion Community Power commits £4.8m to the development of two new Highlands hydropower projects

  • 2.8 GWh

    2.8 GWh of renewable electricity per year, enough to power around 700 homes


The two run-of-river schemes – Liatre Burn, on the Glen Cannich estate, and Abhainn Bruachaig, near Kinlochewe – will generate approximately 2.8 GWh of renewable electricity per year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 700 homes.

ACP is a power generation company that builds, controls and operates community-scale energy projects across the UK. The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB), Strathclyde Pension Fund (SPF) and Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) are investors in the company.

The 500 kW high-head Liatre Burn scheme is located near Loch Mullardoch in Glen Cannich, some 35km south-west of Inverness whilst Bruachaig is a medium-head 500 kW run-of-river scheme located close to Kinlochewe in the western highlands. Construction of both projects is already underway with completion of the construction programme and commissioning of the schemes anticipated before the end of the year.

They are the third and fourth community-scale Scottish hydro projects that ACP is developing. Construction of the first two schemes – Chaorach, near Crianlarich, and River Arkaig, in Lochaber – is in advanced stages and both are expected to be fully commissioned by the end of Q3 2016.


The two run-of-river schemes – Liatre Burn, on the Glen Cannich estate, and Abhainn Bruachaig, near Kinlochewe – will generate approximately 2.8 GWh of renewable electricity per year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 700 homes.

ACP is a power generation company that builds, controls and operates community-scale energy projects across the UK. The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB), Strathclyde Pension Fund (SPF) and Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) are investors in the company.

The 500 kW high-head Liatre Burn scheme is located near Loch Mullardoch in Glen Cannich, some 35km south-west of Inverness whilst Bruachaig is a medium-head 500 kW run-of-river scheme located close to Kinlochewe in the western highlands. Construction of both projects is already underway with completion of the construction programme and commissioning of the schemes anticipated before the end of the year.

They are the third and fourth community-scale Scottish hydro projects that ACP is developing. Construction of the first two schemes – Chaorach, near Crianlarich, and River Arkaig, in Lochaber – is in advanced stages and both are expected to be fully commissioned by the end of Q3 2016.

Volker Beckers, Chair, ACP, said:

We are delighted to announce two new projects as we continue to invest in small-scale hydropower. ACP’s expertise in hydro-power combined and enhanced by local knowledge supports the government’s SME and local business campaign. Hydropower, the oldest renewable technology, has a proven track record of generating strong and stable returns for investors.

Institutional demand for community-scale renewable energy continues to grow and ACP is well placed to benefit from this trend.  We look forward to working on both schemes, as well as developing a further pipeline of projects.


Edward Northam, Head of Investment Banking, GIB, said:

Community-scale projects improve the efficiency of the network by generating electricity close to where customers need it. We believe that decentralised schemes like Liatre Burn and Bruachaig are an important part of the energy mix and have a significant role to play in increasing security of supply, reducing costs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


For GIB: Ross Nisbet: ross.nisbet@greeninvestmentbank.com / 0330 123 2153

For ACP: David Sells: david.sells@citigatedr.co.uk  / 0207 282 2863


Notes to editors

About the UK Green Investment Bank

UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) was launched in November 2012. With initial funding from the UK Government, it is the first bank of its kind in the world. It is a “for profit” bank, whose mission is to accelerate the UK’s transition to a greener economy, and to create an enduring institution, operating independently of Government.

GIB is wholly owned by HM Government. The Company is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. A wholly owned subsidiary UK Green Investment Bank Financial Services Limited, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

www.greeninvestmentbank.com

About Albion Community Power

ACP builds, owns and operates renewable energy plants across the UK. ACP receives executive support, advisory and administration services from Albion Ventures, which has a strong track record in renewable energy projects.

To date, Albion has invested or committed or committed £60m to renewable energy projects and, of this, £35m is now producing energy.

www.albioncommunitypower.co.uk