Applecross Community Hydro - hits target in 5 weeks!
Another community shares success story
Last week, a remote Highland community of 228 people hit its target of three quarters of a million pounds invested in a small community-owned hydro scheme in just five weeks. The Applecross Community Hydro project – run by the aptly named “Apple Juice” Community Benefit Society – will now produce hydro electricity from one of the short but dependable and vigorous rivers in remote Lochalsh.
According to Alison Macleod, Society Secretary, the hydro will give a steady income to the tiny community, virtually cut off by the famous Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) whose steep zig-zag road deters all but the hardiest visitors.
Surplus income from the scheme will go to Applecross Community Company to be spent on projects identified through consultation with the community. It is estimated that the scheme will generate a gross income of £106,356 in its first full year.
Construction started on the scheme on 3rd August and is making rapid progress. Electricity generation will start in early December this year.