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Local consultation event to be held for Sloy Power Station redevelopment plans

13 Jul 2023

SSE Renewables will host a public consultation in Arrochar to provide the local community and interested stakeholders with more information about the proposed redevelopment of Sloy Power Station.

In May, the Perth-based green energy provider, announced plans to convert Sloy Power Station into a new pumped hydro storage facility, to further support the country’s net zero future.

The 152.5MW Sloy Power Station is the largest conventional hydro power station in SSE Renewables’ existing hydro power fleet. The power station is fed from Loch Sloy, just four kilometres away, but, crucially, over 277 metres higher than the power station. An adapted pumped storage scheme would take excess energy from the electricity grid and use it to pump water from Loch Lomond to the upper Loch Sloy where it would be stored before being released to power the grid when wind output is low and customer demand is high.

The consultation will take place at the Three Villages Hall, from 3-7pm on Tuesday 25 July and will present an opportunity for the public to meet members of the project team, view more information about the proposals and raise questions.

"We’re proposing to convert the existing hydro-electric scheme at Sloy into a pumped storage scheme, by introducing new pumps located in the grounds of the iconic power station at Inveruglas on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Exhibitions like this are a very important part of the development process for us. We want to involve those that live and work in the area from an early stage and give them ample opportunity to raise questions, ideas, concerns or comments that can be considered as part of the process.

The power station has been a proud part of the local community since the 1950s and has a critical role to play for generations to come as we support the transition to net zero. We look forward to speaking with visitors to our exhibition and discussing our proposals in more detail."

Georgina Wardrop SSE Renewables’ Head of Hydro Stakeholder Engagement

Information about the proposal will also be published on the SSE Renewables website: Sloy/Awe hydro scheme | SSE Renewables