Scottish Energy Minister opens country’s largest community hydro power scheme

The rumbling doube-bridge which gives its name to the eponymous village
The rumbling double-bridge which gives its name to the eponymous village.

The largest community-owned hydro power project in Scotland has been officially opened by Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse.

The 500kW project at Rumbling Bridge, near Kinross, is powered by the River Devon.

The village is named after an unusual double bridge, which gives off a distinctive rumbling reverberation at lower levels.

Wheelhouse said: “I am delighted to formally open the Rumbling Bridge Community Hydro Scheme. This project will generate community benefit funds of £5,000 plus per year, and the community are currently consulting on how this can best be directed to the benefit of local people.

“Community-owned renewables have the potential to help drive social, economic and environmental change at a local level. They already play a hugely important role within our energy mix.

“There’s more than 500 MW of projects that have already been developed in Scotland, but we want to do much more and want to raise this to 1GW by 2020 and, by 2030, to double that yet again to 2GW.

“Scotland is making great progress in renewable energy with the equivalent of 56.7% of total electricity used in Scotland being met renewable energy sources in 2015.

“A draft of our new <Scottish> Energy Strategy, which will be published early next year, will build on this approach, promoting community ownership and involvement in renewable energy and demonstrating how we will capitalise on the social, economic and environmental benefits of the transition to a low carbon economy.

“This will form our strategic response to the challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector and will also set out our long term vision for energy in Scotland up to 2050 while also informing the Climate Change Plan to meet our climate change targets between 2016 and 2032.”

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