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News Archive - Jan-Jun 2009

GO AHEAD FOR CHONAIS HYDRO SCHEME

12/03/2009

A new hydro scheme near Strathcarron that will power 2,000 homes has been approved.

The 3.5 Megawatt Chonais scheme in the North West Highlands will create 30 jobs during the construction phase.

Energy Minister Jim Mather said:

"New renewable energy developments, large and small, have a key role to play in Scotland's economic recovery. The Chonais hydro scheme will see up to 30 new construction jobs coming to a community of 900 and is exactly the type of project we want to encourage.

"Working in harmony with the environment, the scheme will generate clean, green energy, reduce emissions and create economic benefits for the Strathcarron community - a model of the low carbon opportunities that exist the length and breadth of Scotland.

"We will continue to support sustainable hydro power developments to tackle climate change and help increase sustainable economic growth."

The consent and related documents can be found at this link.

POWERING AHEAD WITH PERTHSHIRE HYDRO SCHEME

17/02/2009

A hydro electric scheme, capable of powering up to 700 homes, has been given the go ahead by Scottish Ministers.

The run of river station, at Invervar in North Perthshire, will have an installed capacity of 1.2 Megawatts (MW).

Energy Minister Jim Mather said:

"This decision is further evidence of how we are working to turn Scotland's diverse renewable energy potential into reality.

"Our economic recovery programme identifies the renewables sector as a key strength of our economy and one which can play a crucial role in helping Scotland through the current downturn.

"The Scottish Government will continue to support sustainable hydro developments, where appropriate, to tackle climate change and help increase sustainable economic growth.

"Invervar is an example of a scheme which will operate in harmony with the environment and meet the electricity demands of around 700 homes."

Related documents can be found here.

KILMARNOCK - MEADOWHEAD SUBSTATION CONNECTION CONSENTED

12/02/2009

A 132kV overhead line, to connect the Kilmarnock South and Meadowhead substations in Ayrshire, has been approved by the Scottish Government. Documents relating to the decision can be found here.

ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST WAVE STATIONS APPROVED FOR WESTERN ISLES

22/01/2009

One of the world's largest wave stations will be constructed off the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles, creating up to 70 jobs and advancing Scotland's lead in renewable energy, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today.

Ministers have granted consent for npower renewables application to operate a wave farm with a 4MW capacity at Siadar, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles. It is one of the first marine renewable energy projects to be approved in the UK and follows the recent launch of the £10 million Saltire Prize.

The consent, decision letter and statutory consultation responses can be found here.