First micro-hydro scheme in Dumfries and Galloway opens

KPT Development Trust has completed the first community owned micro-hydro scheme in Dumfries & Galloway following an award of over £181,000 from SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 2:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 2:54 pm
Maureen Halkett, chairwoman of KPT Development Trust
Maureen Halkett, chairwoman of KPT Development Trust

The 30kw renewable energy scheme was also awarded over £12,000 from the KPT Joint Community Benefit Fund and £400 from Naturesave and will provide the rural communities of Keir, Penpont, and Tynron with clean green energy.

Income generated from the scheme will be channelled towards improvement projects within these communities.

The scheme will also benefit locals by having interpretation boards and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate how a hydro scheme works and the principles of green energy generation.

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There will be opportunities for visits from local schools and colleges, helping the region on its journey to become Net Zero by 2025.

The micro-hydro scheme is being funded as part SP Energy Networks’ £20million Green Economy Fund, which supports the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to meet climate change targets.

The fund also aims to boost local economic growth, improve air quality across the country and deliver a better future, quicker for all.

Maureen Halkett, chairperson at KPT Development Trust, said: “We are delighted to announce that our community owned hydro scheme has been commissioned and is now up and running.

“This micro-hydro scheme will not only help to power our local communities but will also play its part in helping Dumfries & Galloway lead the charge towards becoming Net Zero.

“Thank you to SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund, this project would not have been possible without you.”

Frank Mitchell, chief executive at SP Energy Networks, added: “It’s great to see that KPT Development Trust’s micro-hydro scheme has been commissioned.

“Our Green Economy Fund strongly believes in supporting local communities by investing directly in projects that deliver low carbon solutions and create economic benefits.”