Hydro electric

Loch a'Bhraoin hydro electric site

Project location

Loch a’Bhraoin hydro-electric is located in the Scottish Highlands. The project is on the Inverbroom Estate, in the valley of Wester Ross, eight miles from Ullapool. Loch a’Bhraoin in Gaelic means ‘Loch of showers or drizzling rain’, so it’s a good place for hydro power!

 

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Project summary

Thrive provided mezzanine funding for the construction of this 2MW hydro project, which began generation in October 2020. Loch a’Bhraoin comprises two turbines connected by a buried pipeline to the river. This increases the water pressure enabling the flow to turn the turbines more efficiently.  Water extracted is returned to the same water course downstream.

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Key stats

Turbines Gilkes
Number of Turbines 2
Site capacity 2.0 MW
Operational since 2020
Annual forecast output 8.5 GWh
UK homes equivalent 2,250

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