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 which will generate 2MW of renewable energy for export into the electricity distribution network. Tendering and financial completion was concluded in 2013, and construction started at the end of November 2013.

The first phase of construction

Figure 1- Construction Starts: Clearing the laydown area.

Green Highland Renewables is project managing the construction, operation and maintenance of the scheme. The main contractor has made good progress on site and is now well underway on the project. The initial phase of construction will deliver the necessary site compounds and access routes to all construction areas. Work will then begin on constructing the intake and weir and the power house. Civil works will be completed by September 2014 with delivery of the turbine following shortly afterwards. The scheme is scheduled to be fully commissioned by December 2014.

Figure 2 – The Allt a Chonais scheme is located in Scotland’s North-West Highlands

Figure 3 – Pipes have been delivered to site for construction of the penstock.


This project is a major long term investment for Green Highland and Albion.

Commenting on the project, Ian Cartwright, Managing Director of Green Highland Renewables said, “We are very pleased to have made a start on this project. Construction is going well and we are happy with the progress that the contractor is making on site. The project has been submitted for preaccreditation under the Feed in Tariff which will ensure that the scheme benefits from the guaranteed tariffs for 20 years from commissioning. Construction of this scheme is a major step forward in the development of our portfolio of hydro schemes in Scotland.”

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