Volunteers dig in for Kingussie’s new hydro power scheme

Community Energy Scotland

By REBECCA SHEARER

Staff Reporter

Volunteers, armed with spades and shovels, were out in force  recently to mark the start of work on Kingussie Community Development Company’s new hydro scheme, on the River Gynack – a tributary of the River Spey.

Community leader Donnie Grant, who leads the project, is featured in a new video showing the start of work.  The new hydro will supply electricity direct to the local golf club, which will bring a benefit to both the local community development charity and the golfers.

Two community organisations collaborated to get the most out of a hydro resource that first supplied power to the Highlands village almost 100 years ago. The Gynack – which used to run mills and provide water for the Highland Railway – also generated power for the nearby St Vincent’s sanatorium.

Watch the volunteers at work on Scottish Energy NewsTV:

http://goo.gl/frHRgL

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