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September 9, 2015

Water of community life

While the policy and financial climate seems to be turning away from community renewables, some of those early adopters of the idea to harness renewable energy are beginning to see their hard graft over many years start to bear some fruit. A community on the west side of Edinburgh are not only one of the first in Scotland to develop their own hydro scheme but they’ve done it without having to go cap in hand to the banks. Here’s a short video of the official opening.


Phyllis Steven, The Edinburgh Reporter

The Harlaw Hydro Scheme was opened recently by Fergus Ewing MSP Minister for Business Energy and Tourism. The hydro is now generating electricity for the area and revenue for the Balerno Village Trust which supported the project in the early days.


To view a short film which explains how the community achieved this click here