Natural Power talks hydro at Scottish Renewables

David Wright, Head of Design and Advisory Services at Natual Power presented a case study on the Glenfalloch Hydro Scheme at the Scottish Renewables Hydro Conference today in Perth.

David Wright, Head of Design and Advisory Services at Natural Power, presented as part of the Planning, Environment and Optimisation session at the Scottish Renewables Hydro Conference and Exhibition 2016, which took place at Perth Concert Hall today, Wednesday 18th May.


After a year of considerable change for the renewables sector across the UK, the event will look at the solutions the industry needs to find to thrive in the current climate including impacts of changes to the feed-in-tariff, the future of hydro in Scotland, the availability and viability of alternative finance for schemes, shared ownership opportunities and community engagement, the role of hydro in our evolving energy system and the role that both developer, regulatory bodies and planning frameworks play.

Davids presentation included a case study on the Glenfalloch hydro scheme, comprising Derry Darroch and Upper Falloch schemes - two high head run of river hydro schemes with a total installed capacity of 2.9MW, located to the north of Loch Lomond in the River Falloch catchment. Bringing together in-house planning, hydrologic, engineering, project management and ecological management skills,
Natural Power was engaged for the Glenfalloch project to progress the schemes through to construction in order to meet a specific Feed In Tariff programme target.

Speaker bio - about David Wright, Head of Design and Advisory Services at Natural Power

David Wright, a chartered civil engineer, started his career at Sydney Water, in the design and major maintenance of high head dams and major treatment plants. After working with a specialist flood management consultancy on PMF studies for the raising of Warragamba Dam, he moved to the UK and was engaged with Scott Wilson in large civil engineering projects including the M74 and St James Interchange viaduct.

At Natural Power, he leads on the concept and detailed design of hydro, wind and other renewables projects, and directs due diligence reviews for transaction and project finance. He has also provided independent expert advice for planning inquiries, insurance and legal processes related to construction, traffic impact and flooding.

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