Callander – Renewable Energy

Callander Hydro Scheme - stank burn

There is no denying that it rains a lot here in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, but that can also be a great thing! The Callander Community Hydro Ltd (CCHL) saw early on the potential to turn rain into something more valuable for its community. This scheme is responsible for an exciting project building a community river hydro scheme.  With a stank catchment area covering 4.23km2,   and with land leased from Forestry Commission Scotland the project aims to start generating ‘green electricity’ this year (2014). With £1.9 million funds secured the scheme is estimated to output  approx 1,300,000 KW/year.  This was an idea generated from the Callander Community Action Plan and charrette which identified many ideas requiring funding. The feed in tariff encourages green energy and makes hydro generation profitable. What’s more is that Callander has the support and a relevant experience from its’ local residents.  An estimated £2.85 million income generation is planned over the next 20 yrs and will be used towards a long list of projects including; improving Callander’s townscape; an anti litter campaign; improving car parks and parking; development of the St Kessogs Events and Community Centre; investing in flood protection measures to protect their town and investing in garden areas and allotments for community use. For more information log onto www.callandercdt.org.uk.