Gilkes Energy breaks ground on small hydro project in Scotland

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Work has begun on the 900 kW Kames small hydropower project along the eastern short of Loch Awe in Argyll and Bute in Scotland.

The project is being developed by Gilkes Energy on the National Forest Estate managed by Forestry Commission Scotland.

The project is a "classic high-head design" that will incorporate a single intake, high-pressure pipeline that will fuel a Gilkes twin-jet Pelton turbine.

Planning permission and a Scottish Environmental Protection Agency Controlled Activities Regulations license were received last this past year with funding coming from Downing Renewables.

Work on the plant is expected to take about a year, during which time the project will support 15 full-time jobs at a "very local level" and several more at its Glasgow office, the company said.

Kames is the second Gilkes hydropower project to be financed by Downing Renewables, following the 1.7-MW Bruar plant on the Atholl Estate near Perthshire.

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