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The proposed Coire Glas hydro scheme would involve the construction of a dam and creation of a new reservoir formed at Loch a' Choire Ghlais. Water would be transferred between the new reservoir and an underground cavern power station via a headrace tunnel.
On 30 October 2012, Highland Council's South Area Planning Committee decided to raise no objection to our Coire Glas proposal. We are awaiting a decision by Scottish Ministers on our application for consent.
Hydro electricity is produced using the power of running water to turn the turbines of generating sets in power stations.
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We recognise that our investments in new electricity generation benefit from the co-operation of the local community in a variety of ways, particularly during the construction phase. In recognition of this, our policy is to establish long-term funds to support community projects in areas where we are developing generation projects.
Communities can access funds which we make available on a voluntary basis near each of our renewable energy developments.
For over ten years now we have established funds to enable communities to develop sustainably by funding charitable and community initiatives.
In Great Britain, since 2002 we have supported over 1,000 community projects with grants totalling over £11 million.
We set up local and regional community funds for each new onshore wind farm we build. For our local funds, panels made up of community members review applications and decide which projects to support and we work closely with the panel and applicants to ensure opportunities are maximised for the benefit of the community. We will be launching our regional funds soon.
Details of our community investment funds, and how to apply for funds in your area, can be found by following the links below. Each of our funds is also listed on the Scottish Government's Community Benefit Register.
Take a look at our guide to Community Investment Funds.