Hydropower plant approved

A hydro-electric scheme that could provide electricity for up to 700 homes has been given approval.

The 1.2 megawatt project, which will use the waters of the Inverar Brun in North Perthshire to generate electricity, was given the go ahead by Scottish ministers earlier this week.

Inverar Hydro originally applied to build and run the project in July 2007 and the approval of the project will contribute not only to meeting renewable energy targets, but also to Scotland's economic recovery, according to energy minister Jim Mather.

He said: "Our economic recovery programme identifies the renewables sector as a key strength of our economy and one which can play a crucial role in helping Scotland through the current downturn.

"The Scottish Government will continue to support sustainable hydro developments, where appropriate, to tackle climate change and help increase sustainable economic growth."

According to the British Hydropower Association, hydroelectric generation accounts for almost a fifth of the world's electricity.

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