RWE has recently completed the construction of a 2 MW run-of-river hydro scheme, near Loch Etive. Consented in September 2016, Arcus supported RWE in leading the EIA and a number of the environmental assessments including ecology, landscape character and visual assessment, hydrology, cultural heritage, noise and traffic and transport.
The scheme is located in a sensitive location, and required careful design and bespoke mitigation measures to safeguard the environment. In particular the site;
- Is located within a Special Protection Area, designated for golden eagles;
- Is also located within an area of wildland; and
- Has a number of ecological sensitivities, including a Site of Special Scientific Interest and nationally significant bryophyte species.
The visualisation below shows the existing and proposed view of the River Noe intake, which incorporates a footbridge:
Andrew Logie, who was RWE’s Project Manager, provided the following feedback regarding Arcus’ involvement in the project:
“Given the environmental sensitivities of the site, it was important to engage well with the regulators and designers from the outset, with early input shaping the design of the scheme. Arcus worked particularly well with SNH and with the design team in developing what should be an exemplary renewables project sensitively located within this special place”.
Mary Drury, RWE Head of UK Hydro, said: “Following a successful construction phase, we are delighted that Glen Noe is now operational. Hydro has proved its longevity in the renewables business and so the commissioning of a further hydro scheme will play a crucial role in enabling Scotland to fulfil and maintain its clean energy future ambition to reach net zero carbon by 2045.”
Read more about the development here https://www.group.rwe/en/press/rwe-generation/2021-02-26-commercial-operation-commences-at-glen-noe-hydro
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