Isle of Arran Diversification

SUPPORTING DIVERSIFICATION ON THE ISLE OF ARRAN

For over a century, J K & C Bone’s Lamlash farm has reared sheep and cows on the Isle of Arran. As well as supplying goods to local businesses and restaurants, the family business also has an arm which develops property on their farmland.

Building the Power Plant

Now a new power plant – the Glenkiln Hydro – developed in partnership with energy developer, MEG Renewables, will provide clean energy for up to 400 homes. Thanks to a funding package from Bank of Scotland the hydro plant will be able to supply up to 15% of the island’s domestic electricity.

It’s taken 12 local construction workers two years to build the facility, which is 4.2km long.  

The team constructed the multi-million-pound hydro scheme and installed pipework under the management of Green Cat, who provided expert hydro-electro technicians and advised the firm on design and development 

Hydro-electric expertise

The team constructed the multi-million-pound hydro scheme and installed pipework under the management of Green Cat, who provided expert hydro-electro technicians and advised the firm on design and development 

Steven McGrath, Relationship Manager at Bank of Scotland said: “We saw Glenkiln Hydro as an excellent opportunity to support a highly respected farm enterprise that’s using local resources – alongside the skills and experience of local contractors – to diversify.” 

As well as supplying electricity, the facility will be open for guided tours and be opened up to local schools and youth clubs to learn about hydro-electricity and renewable energy.

Diversification

Owner Kenneth Bone said: “It’s been a long journey but we are immensely proud of what we have achieved with this project. We wanted to diversify our business further and after many successful years running our farms, we saw a great opportunity in providing sustainable energy.”

Diversification

Helping Scotland Proser

Glenkiln Hydro’s Kenneth Bone added: “Our business has been partnered with Bank of Scotland since 1911 and with its support, we were able to develop the project and construct the access track through the hills, which allows us to maintain the system and welcome visitors for guided tours.” 

Relationship Manager Steven McGrath said: “This displayed an incredibly strong characteristic of helping Britain to prosper. We provided a farm owner in Arran with a great opportunity to develop his business offering and provide services to people, while, at the same time, creating important jobs on the island.”