Aberdeen hydro energy community share offer launches bid to raise £500k

11th Aug 2016

Supported by Community Shares Scotland, Aberdeen Community Energy (ACE) have launched a bid to raise £500,000 from community shares to support the development of the £1.2million Donside Hydro scheme being built near Tillydrone.

The project is the first urban community hydro scheme in Scotland and will feature the UK’s biggest Archimedes screw to generate power from the River Don.

It’s expected the project will generate thousands each year in surplus profits for the community fund and enough electricity to power the equivalent of 130 homes annually.Investors will receive a portion of their capital plus the interest each year, until the amount is fully repaid in year 20. Projections show that for an investment of £1,000, the total return over a 20-year period would be just over £2,500.

Sinclair Laing, founding director of Ace said: “We are so pleased to have finally launched the share offer.

“Construction began in early June and the Donside Hydro is taking great shape, but our work is far from over. We are hoping to raise £500,000 over the next five weeks, which seems quite daunting but we’ve seen similar projects across Scotland raise similar amounts in the same time frame, so we know it can be done.

“We’re calling on people from communities across the UK to support us. If you are passionate about green energy and sustainable communities or even if you’re just looking for a solid return on your investment, then please take some time, go through the share offer document and get in touch to find out more.

“The minimum investment is £100 and the maximum £100,000, so we hope to attract a wide range of investors.”

Kevin Stewart MSP said: “The Donside Village community are to be applauded for their efforts in making their hydro scheme a reality and I hope that folk will get behind them by investing in the project through their community share offer.”

Shares will be sold for £1 each and should be regarded as a “long-term investment”, Ace said. The share offer closes on 15 September.