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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 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.”
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.”
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