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Construction go-ahead for Osspower

Osspower Ltd has been given the go-ahead to build four new hydro-electric stations in a national park in Scotland, it has been revealed.

The Scottish Government said the plants, which could supply enough power for up to 4,100 homes, would be built on the Glen Falloch estate, near Crianlarich.

The deal, supported by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage, will create around 50 construction jobs.

Energy minister Jim Mather, who granted approval, said: “Scotland has an untapped potential for smaller hydro schemes which can create green energy and tackle climate change - these four schemes are perfect examples of how we can make the best use of our natural resources to create low carbon jobs.”

The Scottish Government wants to meet 50% of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020 - twice the level of demand in 2008.

The stations will generate a total of 6.7 megawatts of power.