This Friday the 18th May sees the Official Opening Ceremony of Arrochar Community Hydro Society which will be opened by Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss. The society are also delighted to welcome Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy to the official opening of the community hydro scheme.
The event is open to everyone, starting with a 11am meet at Three Villages Hall, Arrochar for a guided walk up to the Arrochar Hydro Turbine House. This will take approximately 30 minutes and will involve a steep uphill walk, sensible shoes or walking boots will be required.
The official opening by Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss, attended by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, will take place at 12 noon at The Turbine House.
For those who do not wish to walk up to the turbine house, the society hope to be able to provide a live screening of the event in Three Villages Hall in Arrochar. A buffet lunch in Three Villages Hall will be available from 1pm.
From 7pm a race night will take place at Three Villages Hall, to raise money to support local young people to carry out voluntary work in Africa.
If you are interested in attending please RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01229 821028.
Background to Arrochar Community Hydro Society
The Arrochar Community Hydro scheme was initially proposed by Luss Estates Company as a means to enable local Development Trusts to generate income to reinvest in their communities. The river and surrounding land, on which the scheme is built, is leased for a peppercorn rent of £100 per annum by Luss Estates to Arrochar Community Hydro.
The Arrochar & Tarbet and Luss & Arden Development Trusts worked alongside Community Energy specialists Energy4All, Local Energy Scotland and Luss Estates Company to develop this project.
Community Action Plans
The Arrochar Community Hydro Scheme intends to distribute the profits from the project on an equal basis between the two development trusts. Both trusts have Community Action Plans compiled through local consultation and working with their local Community Councils.
- Arrochar, Tarbet & Ardlui 2014 – 2019 https://www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Arrochar_CAP_2013_4-Copy.pdf
- Luss & Arden 2008 – 2011 https://www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Luss_Arden_web.pdf
The trusts aim to improve the quality of life for residents, especially the young and the elderly, within their rural locations. A priority for both trusts is operating and maintaining community hall facilities that provide a social, cultural, recreational and educational hub for residents. Income from the hydro project would help to stabilise and sustain continued provision of this vital community asset and service.
Lorraine Bilton, Energy4All Tel:01229 821028 Email: Lorraine@energy4all.co.uk
Lottie Colquhoun, Luss Estates Tel: 01389 713100