An exciting new renewable energy project at Edinburgh’s Saughton Park nods to the past and signposts the future, says Green Councillor – GAVIN CORBETT. Over the last 30 years the Water of Leith Conservation Trust, among others, have painstakingly nourished the river back from its polluted state, so that it now offers a haven for otters and kingfishers. But it is still possible for that restoration to go hand with the river’s role in power generation – witness Harlaw Community Hydro, up at Balerno, now in its fifth year – albeit in a more benign way than in earlier decades. Now joining Harlaw is a new scheme, seven miles downstream at Saughton Park. As part of a multi-million pound restoration of one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems, funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Saughton Park will now host a new micro-hydro scheme on the main weir between the park and Gorgie Road. With funding from SPEN’s Green Economy Fund, the hydro scheme is based on a 39kW reverse Archimedes screw turbine running down one side of the weir and which has now been put in place at the start of October 2019.
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