Loch Ness could become home to a large hydroelectric plant after a renewable energy firm revealed proposals for an underground facility opposite Urquhart Castle. The company says that the visual impact would be “minimal” and that the station would power more than 65,000 homes and could create 300 jobs. The proposed Red John Pumped Storage Hydro Project would run between Loch Duntelchaig and Loch Ness, with a generating capacity of 400MW. The plans by Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) Group, which is based in Hamilton, have been welcomed in the area and Dores community council is considering investing in the project. Mark Wilson, ILI’s chief executive, said: “This is a very exciting and significant project for us and would create hundreds of jobs during construction – between 200 and 300 – and employ dozens when operating.” The company has been focusing on renewable energy and small onshore windfarms in the past nine years, but started looking at hydro four years ago.
Times 21st June 2018 read more »