Monday, 17 January 2011


News release

Immediate release: 17/01/11

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed an announcement from Energy Minister Jim Mather for the go ahead for a hydro electric scheme in Sutherland.

The scheme situated on Maldie burn (near Kylestrome) will create around 25 jobs during the construction phase and when completed will produce 4.5 megawatts which is enough to power
2,500 homes.

Mr Gibson said...

"This is great news and shows the potential that Sutherland has in creating green energy and jobs."

"This announcement will have a triple benefit, which are sorely needed at this time. It will offer much needed employment to the construction industry during the recession. also it will help reduce carbon emissions and increase energy security for Scotland."

"This scheme is another example of that fine Highland tradition of harnessing the power from the glens. Hydro electricity is still an important part of energy make up in Scotland. It is a

sustainable source of green and clean energy, which is found in abundance throughout the North and West, i am sure that Sutherland will continue to play a vital role in making sure

that it is utilised to its full potential."


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