The micro (100kWh) hydro-
The site for the scheme includes a disused Scottish Water raw water intake dam -
The Sunart Hydro-
The scheme is now fully operational, a month ahead of its November 2015 deadline, and it is estimated that it will generate a gross income of £106,900 in its first full year of activity (2016). As income will be index linked, revenue is forecast to grow annually. Operating and service costs will be minimal. The surplus generated from the scheme will be passed to a Community Benefit Fund to allocate to other local projects and initiatives within the Sunart area. The priorities for these have been determined by a recent Community Development Plan and ballot.
In the early years of course we’ll have to focus on repaying money borrowed to set up the scheme, but we hope to be able to start building the Community Benefit Fund right from the first year.