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Green Highland Renewables pumps £55 million into Highland economy this year

Total investment tops £117 million to date, with further £40 million planned for 2017 Majority of spend on local firms Company continues innovation in delivering  ground-breaking new schemes Green Highland Renewables has pumped £55 million into the Highland economy so far this year as they steam ahead with an ambitious build programme. The Perth outfit…

Green Highland Renewables changes gear as new finance chief joins the team

New Chief Financial Officer Stephen Hutt has joined Green Highland Renewables as the Perth developer turns its focus to acquiring existing schemes and development sites. Hutt, who made his name as the highly successful CEO of the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland, has been tasked with helping the firm – which was acquired…

Hydro in Scotland – answers still required from Ofgem and DECC

Mark Mathieson, CEO, Green Highland Renewables 12 May 2016 It is time for the hydro sector in Scotland to move on – but to do so, we still need some answers from DECC, and from Ofgem. The last few months have seen a lot of water go under the bridge, policy-wise, and our sector has…

Green Highland Renewables about to start work on Glen Affric hydro schemes

Green Highland Renewables is about to start work on two run-of-river hydro schemes in Glen Affric on land managed by  Forest Enterprise Scotland, SSE and part of Wester Guisachan Estate. The two projects, comprising a 2MW scheme on the Abhainn Gleann nam Fiadh and 1.5MW on the Allt Garbh, received full consent from The Highland…

Green Highland Renewables starts £13.6 million hydro scheme at Kinlochleven

Green Highland Renewables is about to start work on a significant new hydro scheme at Loch Eilde Mor, in the hills above Kinlochleven. The £13.6 million project, which lies on the Rio Tinto estate, is fully funded by the hydro firm’s owners Ancala Renewables and is one of a number of projects the firm is…

DECC FIT review has ‘missed the point’ on hydro energy says industry leader

The UK Government has ‘missed the point’ on hydro energy in its recent review of feed-in tariffs, according to one of the industry’s leading figures. Now Britain’s hydro energy industry will ‘all but disappear’ by the end of the decade, says Mark Mathieson, Chief Executive Officer of Perth-based Green Highland Renewables. During 2015, the Perth…

Blog post – DECC review has missed the point of hydro

Mark Mathieson, CEO, Green Highland Renewables Published on 27 January 2016 The recent review of the feed-in tariffs for hydro energy has been a shock to the system. In the last few years the small-scale hydro sector has delivered more than 100MW of new schemes in Scotland, whilst contracting firms across the Highlands of Scotland…

Hydro energy – a quiet revolution

This article first appeared in The Scotsman newspaper. You may not be able to see many of them, but in recent years hundreds of new small-scale ‘run of the river’ hydro schemes have been powering a quiet revolution in Scotland’s glens, says Mark Mathieson, Chief Executive Officer of Green Highland Renewables. Ask anyone In Scotland…

Green Highland Renewables hits the 10MW mark

Green Highland Renewables has just commissioned a 750kW hydro scheme at Allt Choire a’ Bhalachain on the south side of Loch Garry – the firm’s 15th completed project in the Highlands. The switch-on of the £3 million scheme means the company has now delivered more than 10MW of completed hydro developments – providing enough energy…

Mark Mathieson joins Green Highland Renewables as CEO

Green Highland Renewables has appointed experienced energy and utility executive Mark Mathieson as Chief Executive Officer. He will join the firm in August. Mark has spent over 25 years in various engineering and leadership roles within SSE, most recently spending nine years as the Managing Director of SSE’s Networks business. In this role, Mark led…

Small-scale hydro – time is of the essence

This article first appeared in the summer edition of Energy Matters, published by CKD Galbraith. Radical future reductions in the small-scale hydro feed in tariff means owners of pre-accredited projects must focus on on-time delivery of their schemes, says Alex Reading, Development Director at Green Highland Renewables. There is no doubt the rush to pre-accredit…

Ancala Renewables acquires Green Highland Renewables

Green Highland Renewables has been acquired by Ancala Renewables, an infrastructure investment vehicle managed by Ancala Partners. The acquisition provides Green Highland Renewables with additional capital to support the continued growth of the business. Green Highland Renewables is already the leading independent hydro developer in Scotland and currently manages its own operational portfolio of 4.2…

Hydro scheme generating power and income for Morvern community

Green Highland Renewables has commissioned an innovative hydro scheme which is now generating future income for a remote Highland community The hydro specialists switched on the completed 465kW scheme on the Morvern peninsula in January – a month ahead of schedule. The development on the Abhainn Shalachain river is now producing power to the National…

Good design is critical to keep your hydro scheme profits flowing

Below is an article which featured in the Winter 2014 edition of Land Business Magazine.  Despite tariffs for hydro schemes falling, there are ways you can make your business plan better and improve your returns, says Alex Reading, Development Director at Green Highland Renewables. Drive anywhere north of the Highland line and odds on you’ll…

Green Highland Renewables starts work on ambitious triple hydro scheme project

Private network unlocks potential of three seperate schemes  Green Highland Renewables have just begun construction of an ambitious project to develop three separate hydro schemes near Achnacarry in the Scottish Highlands, all linked by a 9.5km private grid network. The three mutually supporting schemes are located on the north shore of Loch Arkaig, about 15…

Construction kicks off on Green Highland Renewables’ ninth hydro scheme

Green Highland Renewables have just begun construction of a 750kW hydro scheme at Allt Choire a’ Bhalachain on the south side of Loch Garry – the firm’s ninth project in the Highlands. The £3 million scheme, which is funded by specialist investors Triple Point, is the third hydro development Green Highland has started this year,…

Green Highland Renewables acquires second hydro site from SSE

Landmark deal underlines Perth firm’s reputation for delivering schemes across Scotland Eight hydro projects now under construction 21st July 2014 Green Highland Renewables has just expanded its growing development portfolio with the purchase of a second hydro site from SSE. The 2MW scheme will be built on land owned and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland…

Construction starts on Allt Gharagain hydro scheme

Construction starts on Allt Gharagain hydro scheme 26 March 2014 Green Highland Renewables has begun constructing a 1MW hydro project near Achnasheen in the Scottish Highlands. The £3.5 million Allt Gharagain scheme is located to the west of Achnasheen in Wester Ross, and is the fourth project in the immediate area being developed by the…

Morvern community first to invest in Green Highland Renewables forestry hydro scheme

For immediate use Photos available – see notes for editors The people of Morvern have become the first community group in Scotland to invest their own money in a hydro scheme on land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland. The move will provide the community with additional regular income when the hydro project, being developed by…

Construction underway on Chonais Hydro Project

Green Highland Renewables is pleased to announce that construction has started on the 2MW Chonais hydro project. The Chonais hydro scheme is located near Loch Carron about one hour west of Inverness. Green Highland Renewables, together with funders Albion Ventures, formed a joint venture to progress the project. The project is a high-head, run-of-river scheme…

Albion Ventures Invests in Green Highland Renewables Hydro Project

Albion Ventures Invests  £9.3 million in second hydro project Albion Ventures (‘Albion’), one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK, has invested £9.3 million in partnership with Perth-based developer, Green Highland Renewables (‘GHR’), to fund the development of a single 2MW hydropower scheme on the Allt A’Chonais, close to Loch Carron in the…

New Financial Director at Green Highland at Green Highland

Green Highland Renewables has appointed Hazel McIntyre as Financial Director to oversee the next phase of growth at the company. Green Highland has raised a significant amount of finance and investment to develop its pipeline of hydro projects. Hazel is an experienced finance professional, having worked for many years within the banking sector in a…

Green Highland Renewables at All Energy 2013

Green Highland Renewables is Exhibiting at the UK’s largest renewable energy Exhibition & Conference  The All-Energy Exhibition & Conference is the UK’s largest renewable energy event taking place in ‘Europe’s Energy City’, Aberdeen, on 22 & 23 May 2013. As an annual event, All-Energy is  the only face-to-face forum in the UK that brings together all…

Green Highland Renewables shares its expertise on Good Practice in Hydro Development

On 5th of February 2013, GHR took part in the Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH) Sharing Good Practice (SGP) event held in their headquarters at Great Glen House, Inverness. This event focused on good practice in construction of hydro developments in Scotland.  Together with RWE NPower Renewables Ltd, GHR hosted a workshop on how the good practice  guidance…

New funding boost for Green Highland Renewables

Perth based Green Highland Renewables, the leading Scottish developer of small to medium scale hydro generation schemes, has completed a major investment deal led by SEP’s Environmental Energies Fund, alongside participation from Scottish Enterprise. The funding will enable the company to develop its growing pipeline of hydro generation sites as well as servicing the increasing demand…

Planning applications made for first two Green Highland – Forestry Commission Scotland hydro schemes

Green Highland Renewables, the leading Scottish-based small to medium scale hydro developer, has applied this week for planning consent for the first two schemes in its Forestry Commission Scotland portfolio. Perth-based Green Highland, which has recently opened a second office in Inverness to service the north of Scotland, is seeking outline consent for two schemes…

Secretary of State for Scotland visits Green Highland Renewables in Perth

Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, visited Green Highland Renewables in Perth yesterday afternoon 29 August.  Green Highland is the Scottish-based specialist in developing small-scale hydro electric schemes. Founded in 2007, the company has to date been involved in the development of more than 20 private hydro schemes for clients, and is currently…

New Managing Director Ian Cartwright at Green Highland

Green Highland Renewables, the Perth-based developer of small to medium scale hydro schemes, has appointed Ian Cartwright as Managing Director to oversee the next phase of its development. Green Highland has now commissioned its £1.8 million 807 kW hydropower station at Roroyere, Glen Lyon; has planning permission secured for its own 1MW scheme at Ledgowan,…