SSE has affirmed today that it will carry on with building of its 7.5MW Glasa hydro-electric scheme, near Ardross, Ross-shire.
The £30m endeavor, formerly named Kildermorie, will be the largest hydro scheme to be built in the united kingdom in over five years as well as the second largest conventional hydro scheme to be built in over half a century. Using a generating capacity of 7.5MW, Glasa will produce enough renewable electricity to power around 10,000 homes. Today’s statement comes in the 70th anniversary year of large-scale hydro development in Scotland, kickstarted by the introduction of the Hydro-Electric Development Act (Scotland) in 1943 and also the following development of over 50 dams and power stations, all of which still provide a dependable supply of renewable electricity to this very day.
This season construction will begin in late summer and is expected to be complete from the fall of 2015. How many people working on the job will vary, but it is expected that the total number of people employed contractors’ and by SSE will reach over 100 in the summit of construction activities. Included in its own commitment to some supply chain that is local, SSE will use its vital civil and mechanical contractors to ensure opportunities for Highland and Scottish businesses are maximised. Contracts that are available will soon be posted on SSE’s Open4Business on-line portal, where local companies can sign up and apply for opportunities across SSE’s variety of endeavors in the Highlands and Islands region.