Contributing to the UK

Doing more to sustain local people and places

Knoydart

We're helping to light up Scotland's last wilderness

A remote Highland community has received a welcome boost to its essential green energy supply — thanks to SSE.

The isolated Knoydart peninsula — known as 'Scotland’s last wilderness' — has no road links or connection to the national power grid, relying instead on a hydro-electric system.

Knoydart Full SizeKnoydart Renewables has now received a £75,000 grant from the SSE Highland Sustainable Fund to refurbish the equipment and increase capacity.

It will bring a much-needed upgrade for the system, which is fed by Loch Bhraomisaig on the slopes of Beinn Buidhe and supplies 40 houses, 18 businesses and nine community facilities in the peninsula’s only village, Inverie.

Knoydart Renewables Development Manager Angela Williams said: “We are really pleased to receive this grant from SSE. It will allow us to create a more robust system and move towards the 280kw of power the turbine is capable of.”

The power to finish the job

Knoydart — which can only be reached by boat or by hiking 16 miles — is one of several essential projects to benefit from SSE’s new £1million Highland Sustainable Fund.

Previous attempts had been made to refurbish the scheme when the community took ownership in 1999. However, complications meant some parts required upgrades that were left unfinished — until now.

The SSE grant means the work can be completed and the hydro scheme finally strengthened and improved, helping the community to grow and attract new residents and businesses.

Angela added: “Being off-grid brings many challenges, but also unique opportunities for the community, which is why we welcome SSE’s support.”

Knoydart Hydro

Related Articles

Contributing to the UK

A year in review: looking back at 2014

Find out how we've roared on competitors at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, paired up with Britain's most iconic music venue, and done a whole lot to help our customers.

Contributing to the UK

Proud to be one of the UK’s largest Living Wage employers*

All our staff are guaranteed the Living Wage, ensuring that they can cover the basic living costs such as homes, bills, food and work travel.

Contributing to the UK

Proud to power over five million homes

We are a British energy company that has been powering people’s lives for 70 years.

Contributing to the UK

Proud to make a £9 billion contribution to the UK economy^

When we say we're an energy company that cares about making a difference, we really mean it. By creating jobs, paying a fair wage, investing in infrastructure and paying our taxes we make a difference every day.

Hands holding cut out red hearts Hands holding cut out red hearts

Contributing to the UK

Get help for your community project

Every one of our employees can take a day out to help the local community. Find out how you could get their help.

SSE staff outside a cathedral on a charity walk SSE staff outside a cathedral on a charity walk

Contributing to the UK

Help for a children's hospice

Our staff took on the challenge of a 26-mile walk to help raise funds for Basingstoke charity Naomi House.

Got a spare 60 seconds to take our survey?

We're constantly trying to improve this website so your feedback is greatly appreciated.

It's quick and simple, promise!