On Farm Renewables Visit to Highlight Hydro

Tayside estate using water to generate power since 1925

Hydro-generated electricity has been a continuous part of the business mix on one Perthshire estate for almost 90 years.

Remony Estate, at Acharn, Loch Tay, currently has two operational hydro schemes - a 350kW system which was originally installed in 1925 and completely renewed in 1992 and a more recent 490kW scheme which was commissioned in 2013.  

Both projects will be visited on Wednesday, 11 June when James Duncan Millar hosts the latest on-farm event organised by NFU Scotland’s Renewable Development Initiative (RDI).  

The RDI, co-ordinated by Thomas McMillan of Smiths Gore, is helping Scottish farmers and land managers fulfil their energy generating potential.  Through a programme of on-farm events, the initiative has already shown hundreds of Scottish farmers energy projects that are contributing to farm businesses or at the planning stage.

RDI on-farm open days held across Scotland in the past six months have looked at wind, solar, biomass and anaerobic digestion.  The Remony Estate event will be the first to look at hydro.  

The day will commence in the local community hall at Acharn with presentations by experts on scheme design, SEPA requirements, legal contracts, funding and tax.  After lunch, there will be a tour of Acharn and Remony hydro schemes where Mr Duncan Millar will outline his experience of hydro power and the challenges of construction.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Duncan Millar said:

“For nearly 90 years hydro has been fundamental to sustaining the farm and estate.  We have two operational schemes – one originally installed in 1925 and completely renewed in 1992 and a more recent scheme which was commissioned last year.  Both projects will be visited during the day allowing for a comparison of the old and new systems at both the power house and inlet dams.

“For those who think hydro generation may have something to offer their business, I invite them to come and see what we have been doing at Remony for many years now.” 

Notes to Editors

  • A photograph of Mr Duncan Millar is available on request from
  • The NFU Scotland Renewable Development Initiative Hydro Scheme Open day on Wednesday, 11 June will meet at the Acharn community hall, Acharn, Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, PH15 2HT at 9.30am.  After lunch, there will be an afternoon tour of Acharn and Remony hydro schemes.  To book lunch for this free event please contact Rebecca on 0131 344 0895 or email - by Friday 6th June.
  • NFU Scotland, with funding from The Scottish Executive and the European Union, has established the Renewable Development Initiative, facilitated by Thomas McMillan of Smiths Gore.
  • The Renewable Initiative website can be visited at
  • Forthcoming on-farm events include the following:

    30th July - Robert Ramsay, West Mains of Kinblethmont, Arbroath.  A practical day’s visit to Robert Ramsay’s West Mains of Kinblethmont farm where he has installed two batch boilers (300kW and 600kW) and two wood chip boilers (75kW and 195kW).  Particular focus will be given to the grain drying system which is run off the two batch boilers and the upgrading works that Robert is looking at undertaking to this system.  In addition to the biomass boilers there is an operational 11kW Gaia wind turbine and a 50kW solar PV system.  The day will begin with an overview of Robert’s vision to the farm and the drivers behind his investment in Renewable Energy and then move onto a number of practical workshops with the installers of the different systems.   


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Date Published:

News Article No.: 104/14

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