At Benmore Estate we are committed to placing sustainability at the heart of long term development plans.
On the Abhainn na l-Uamha river, we have constructed a 500kW ‘run of the river’ hydroelectricity project. This type of hydro scheme uses the natural downward flow of water and a turbine generator to capture the energy carried by the water to produce electricity. This project is expected to produce in excess of 1.8 megawatt hours of electricity each year, which is sold to the national grid, and is enough to power over 350 homes.
Before any work was carried out we worked closely with Scottish Natural Heritage, and completed a three year investigation into the potential for a run of the river hydro electricity generating scheme on the Abhainn na l-Uamha river. Following guidance from specialist consultants, planning permission was granted by Argyll and Bute Council and a CAR Licence from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). The proposed scheme was registered with OFGEM and grid connection secured with Scottish and Southern Electricity,
We are proud to contribute a scheme, which will help make the island more sustainable with minimal impact on the natural beauty and wildlife habitat which make it so special.