Community-owned hydro power plant at Harlaw Reservoir switched on
Members of the local community raised the money to build the plant on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
A community-owned hydro power plant has been switched on in Edinburgh.
The facility at Harlaw Reservoir is owned by its 250 community shareholders who have invested £400,000.
They will sell power to the National Grid and use the profits to benefit the local community.
It is hoped that over the next 20 years £1m in income will go into the area.
The idea was mooted by Balerno Village Trust in 2009 and it was switched on by energy minister Fergus Ewing on Tuesday.
Martin Petty, chairman of Harlaw Hydro Limited, said: "At its peak, water in the Water of Leith valley powered 70 water wheels; it was the main source of power for industry in west Edinburgh.
"To see some of that power being harnessed as green energy and also generating revenue for the community is wonderful."
Mr Ewing said: "Community energy is a key priority for the Scottish Government; it provides an opportunity to spread the benefits, and our support for community projects reflects their importance in empowering communities to take control of their local resources.
"The Harlaw project is a great example of this and I want to congratulate all involved for making this happen."
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