PENICUIK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST

HIGH ESK HYDRO SCHEMES AND POSSIBLE PUBLIC SHARE ISSUE

 

Starting with the Upper North Esk, we’ve been investigating run-of the river hydro generation along both the North and South Esk using existing weirs.  Related prospects for high-head low-volume tributary streams have also been considered. The work is being carried forward by Chris Sydes, Roger Kelly, Ed Angus and Malcolm Spaven in conjunction with relevant landowners, MNV Consulting and other expert advisors, Douglas Henderson and energy and environmental engineering students at Napier University, with the involvement of Local Energy Scotland and Energy for All. The aim has  been to establish base data and suggest a viable project or series of projects for community share issue finance as a community benefit society along the lines of the successfully-promoted Harlaw Hydro scheme which grew from the Balerno Village Trust.  (Harlaw’s 100 kW turbine by Tinck of Slovenia was commissioned in 2015)

 

Our Trust already has experience of a successful community share issue. Starting in 2015 we helped to spin off and launch Penicuik Community Alliance as a benefit society to create and run the Storehouse bakery and foodstore at 22 High Street; nearly 750 shareholders have subscribed over £100,000 to the Alliance so far.

 

Now the Trust is looking to integrate power generation with linked fish ladders at existing weirs on the Esk. Working In conjunction with Water Engine Technologies of Caddonfoot and their advisers EcoFish consultants of Hamilton we are examining the potential of one or more sites on the Esk with a view to High Esk Hydro generation.  Water Engine Technologies are Vibes and Shell Springboard award finalists, and registered with Scotland’s Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service. EcoFish was voted as the Best Full-Spectrum Ecology Company in the UK in The Technology Innovator Awards 2015. Our long-established Trust was awarded Social Enterprise of the Year in 2013.

 

HIGH ESK HYDRO

THE LOTHIANS ELECTRIC POWER COMMUNITY

 

 

roger@kosmoid.net updated 19 August 2016