30 May '14, 2pm

Perthshire livestock farm powers up hydroelectric plant

Last month owners switched on a new hydroelectric scheme at the foot of Inverlochlarig burn, a course of water which feeds into Loch Doine, then Loch Voil and eventually the Firth of Forth. Inverlochlarig, near Lochearnhead and within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, is a 10,000 acre hill farm which has been tended to by the same family since 1877. It is home to more than 3,500 Scottish Blackface and Cheviot Ewes and a herd of 100 cattle. Malcolm McNaughton of Braes Farming Co said that the switching on of the new hydro scheme marked the culmination of many years of hard work and desire to use the natural resources around them.“For more than 15 years we have had a burning desire to harness the raw energy around us; over the last couple of years, the technological developments and increase in Feed-In Tariffs have made it much more attractive for smaller-scale re...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/38644/perthshire...

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