The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has given the go-ahead for a hydro scheme at Glen Prosen to help the local carbon economy.
The scheme will be a small scale run-of-river project that feeds into the national grid.
The approval at the CNPA Planning Committee in Kingussie last Friday (September 13) follows the granting of planning permission earlier this year for a hydro scheme on the Balmoral Estate and at Blair Castle and last year for a hydro project at Bruar.
Murray Ferguson, the CNPA’s director of Sustainable Rural Development, said: “Our planning team is dealing with a steady flow of these types of developments – both pre-application discussions and working through submitted applications – for a range of small scale renewable energy schemes but particularly hydro projects.
“We are very supportive of renewable projects in the park that are appropriate in scale and character.
“Not only do they contribute to lowering the carbon footprint of the Cairngorms National Park and the aim of using our resources sustainably but rural businesses are seeing economic gains by investing in renewable projects.”
The hydro scheme will lie on the Glen Prosen Estate about 10 miles from Kirriemuir and it will generate up to 100kw of energy to be exported to the national grid.
There will be two separate intakes at the scheme, from the Kilbo and the Mayar Burn. The pipelines, which will be around 1, 300 metres in length and 355mm in width, will lie underground.
Access to the site should not be a problem as it will be via existing estate roads ending at the powerhouse over the ford. However, a temporary access road will be put in place during the course of the construction.
A grid connection to the site will be underground for approximately 3.2 km to Old Craig.
A turbine house will be located on the Prosen water but this will also be mainly underground with only the south western face exposed.