27.8.13 The share issue was an outstanding success, to the extent that we now don’t expect to have to borrow at all. The next stage is to complete and review the tender for the engineering and design work; this is in hand and should be issued during September. For more information click on our website Harlaw Hydro.
10.4.13 The Harlaw Hydro share launch on 9th April, in St Joseph’s Hall, was outstandingly well attended with almost 250 listening to a presentation on the share launch and asking questions of the team afterwards. The prospectus and forms are available online on Harlaw Hydro’s new web site http://www.harlawhydro.org.uk/. Over time there will also be copies of relevant supporting documents.
Harlaw Hydro Ltd is an Industrial Provident Society created by Balerno Village Trust (BVT) for the express purpose of installing and operating a micro-hydro electricity generator at Harlaw Reservoir.
- In September 2012 Harlaw Hydro, an Industrial Provident Society (IPS) a co-operative established for community benefit, was incorporated.
- In October 2012 SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) granted Harlaw Hydro Limited a CAR (Controlled Activities (Scotland) Regulation) licence.
- In October 2012 City of Edinburgh approved the planning application. Full details of the application can be seen on City’s website https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk planning application 12/00001/ful.
- The terms of the lease for the site City of Edinburgh have been approved by the Councillors.
- The application for a connection to the national grid has been submitted. Scottish Power Networks response is expected in May.
- Raising the capital to purchase and install the equipment will start when the above two items have been secured – target is April 2013.
See also Scotsman article of 20.1.12.
See also Scotsman article of 22.11.12.
Background: BVT consulted with the City of Edinburgh Council to install a small hydroelectric generator at the outflow of Harlaw reservoir.
1.11.09 – Funding for Feasibility Study Confirmed: Balerno Village Trust (BVT) were pleased to announce that Community Energy Scotland had awarded £6,000 to 5 local communities for a micro-hydro feasibility study on the Water of Leith. This initial pilot study includes Harlaw (through BVT), Redbraes (through Greener Leith), Mossy Mill (CEC), Harperig (through Kirknewton Development Trust) and Dean Village.
These 5 sites were analysed for their generation potential but at this stage only the Harlaw site was deemed to be commercially viable. The turbine will not power Balerno but it should provide a small income by selling green energy to the Grid that can then be invested in further community developments.
The project could also play an exciting role as a demonstration and educational resource for local schools and colleges and the general public. Historically the Water of Leith has been used to power mills built during the Industrial Revolution. It thus seems fitting to re-harness that power potential to provide valuable green energy today.