SSE Renewables has a rich heritage of renewable development in the Highlands of Scotland. The North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board, which became Scottish Hydro and later part of the SSE Group, brought power to the glens in the 1940s and 1950s.
Construction of 54 powers stations, 78 dams and over 300km of underground tunnels resulted in affordable electricity for Highland communities, transforming the way people lived and worked.
We still own and operate the majority of these sites which operate across eight hydro schemes, allowing the water to be reused through a number of hydro power stations before returning to the river.
In addition, we constructed the first large-scale hydro power station in Scotland in 2008 since the hydro revolution of the 1940s and 50s, Glendoe.
Our hydro portfolio totals 1,459MW, includes 300MW of pumped storage and 750MW of flexible hydro.
We are also developing the 1,500MW Coire Glas pumped storage scheme, should the project receive consent it would double the current storage capacity in Great Britain.
Many major river systems in the Highlands have long been renowned as breeding grounds for salmon and trout. As far back as the 1943 Act of Parliament that established the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board, there was a requirement on the company to avoid, as far as possible, injury to fisheries and the stock of fish.
When the power stations and dams were constructed during the second half of the last century, great care was taken to minimise their environmental impact.
As the stations have been refurbished, wherever possible, care has been taken to ensure modern technology is employed to further reduce the environmental impact of the stations.
SSE Renewables owns Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre located beside our Pitlochry Hydro Power Station in Perthshire. The centre has been open since 2017 and showcases the rich history of hydro electricity in the north of Scotland and how it transformed all our of lives.
For more information about the visitor centre please visit https://pitlochrydam.com/.