BroomPower Community Hydro Scheme Launched!

9th Jun 2016

Supported by Community Shares Scotland, we're delighted that BroomPower Community Hydro Scheme have launched their community share offer.

BroomPower (www.broompower.org) is a Community Hydro scheme being developed near the beautiful village of Ullapool in the North West Highlands of Scotland.  The group are looking to raise £900,000 to build the hydro which will provide both green energy and an income to fund Community Projects over the next 20-40 years.

You can invest anywhere from £300 to £90,000 - for full details visit MICROGENIUS.

Background

Lochbroom Community Renewables Limited (LCR) is a Community Benefit Society which was set up by Ullapool Community Trust (UCT) to run renewable energy projects. LCR’s first project, to establish a small scale hydro-electric scheme on the Allt a’ Mhuilinn, was initiated because of strong local support for community-owned renewable energy schemes. An opportunity arose from an invitation from Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) for communities to develop hydro projects on local, state owned woodland through the National Forest Land Scheme. Two sites were identified and, after initial feasibility work, the Allt a’ Mhuilinn burn offered the most viable location for a small-scale hydro scheme. The burn is 9 miles south of Ullapool and flows down through steep woodland, crosses under the A835 into the river Broom and then on into Loch Broom (Loch Bhraoin, “loch of rain showers”).

The Hydro Scheme

BroomPower is a 100kW "run of river" hydro scheme which will be built on land leased from Forestry Commission Scotland.  Planning permission, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) approvals, FiT Pre-accreditation, and Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE) connection approvals are all in place and the project has now moved to the fundraising stage.

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