A pumped hydro storage scheme that would involve drawing water from Loch Ness could generate enough power for 400,000 homes, say its developers. Hamilton-based Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) said the construction phase of its Red John project would create work for up to 300 people. It has been proposed for a site south of Dores. A 100m (328ft) underground “power cavern” and 2,650m-long (8,694ft) pipe would be built for the scheme. More details of the plans are to be given during public displays in Dores Community Hall next week. Pump storage hydro schemes “soak up” excess power generated by wind farms, using it to pump water up to a reservoir. That water would then be released through tunnels to generate hydro-electric power at times when consumers need it.
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