Construction has started on a groundbreaking green energy project in an Aberdeen community.
Work has commenced on the £1.2 million Donside Hydro scheme in Tillydrone, which it’s estimated will generate enough electricity for around 130 homes a year by using the power of the River Don.
The renewable energy project – the first of its kind in Scotland – is being developed by Aberdeen Community Energy, a new society establis by members of the Donside Community Association.
Sinclair Laing, founding director of ACE said: “Getting to the construction stage has been a tremendous challenge, with hurdles at almost every juncture, but I’m delighted to say that with sheer determination and a huge amount of support from everyone involved we have reached this vital milestone.
“I’m a great believer in the power of community and this is a meaningful example of how community energy projects are achievable and can make a difference.
“ACE and the DCA have been working on this project for over three years and it’s a fantastic feeling to finally see our contractors and diggers on site, preparing the site for construction.”
The hydro scheme is due for completion by the start of October this year.