Glasgow rivers to host small hydroelectric schemes

Both Kelvin River and the White Cart Water of Glasgow are central to plans underway, aiming to construct various small-scale hydroelectric schemes in their midst. The plans should ideally double as both clean energy producers and tourist attractions. Government figures have suggested that by fully tapping this resource, these hydro schemes could provide the UK with up to 10,000GWh per year.

Glasgow City Council said they were still discussing the schemes and they remain ‘statements of intent’, citing they would have to be ‘more comprehensively evaluated and assessed’ before fully publicising details and going forward.

A council spokesman explains,

“Things are still at the earliest of stages and we have no proposals on the table, but there is clear potential to do something that promotes sustainability and protects part of the city’s heritage.”

Bill Fraser, the ban behind the successful ‘Save Pollok Park’ campaign, adds his sentiments,

“We’d obviously need to see the details but it would seem that if it was in keeping with the park there may not be any major issues. But we would like to see that any profits went straight back into Glasgow’s Common Good Fund.”

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