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Thursday, 11 April 2013
NOW THAT IS A GOOD IDEA...
A community beneficial project!
As I have said
before, and no doubt will say again, what may work in Scotland may not
necessarily work in Wales. That said every now and then something interesting
emerges from Scotland which could work exceptionally well here in Wales. There
is a scheme to build a hydro power generator in the Pentland Hills. So what you
might say? Well this is different as the project has a significant community
beneficial element which could benefit local people within an urban area. A group of investors in Edinburgh met to discuss building a hydro power
generator in the Pentland Hills. They want to install hydro power at the first
outlet from the Harlaw Reservoir. The scheme, known as Harlaw Hydro would be
the first urban micro hydro project to be community owned in the Edinburgh
area. The hope is to create a community benefit co-op and to encourage people
to buy shares in it. Basically investors would get a capital return through the
feed-in tariff and any surplus cash would be fed back in to the community
through the Balerno Village Trust. Now that is a concept would work
exceptionally well here in Wales, in the valleys and elsewhere bringing real
benefits to some of our communities.