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Work to build the first modern hydro-electric plant in the Borders is underway. The £1.3 million scheme will be installed at Murray's Cauld on the Ettrick water near Selkirk. It's expected to generate electricity for more than 200 homes.

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Power from water in Borders

The first modern hydroelectric plant in the Scottish Borders is to be built near Selkirk.

Fast flowing water on the River Ettrick will be turned into enough electricity to power more than 200 homes.

The project on the Philliphaugh estate has been approved by councillors, and is expected to be completed by next summer. It also includes an upgrading of the famous salmon viewing centre and fish pass.

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Hydro power plan

by Jenny Longden
Site of hydro scheme Credit: ITV Border

Work to build the first modern hydro-electric plant in the Borders is underway.

The £1.3m scheme is to be installed at Murray's Cauld on the Ettrick water near Selkirk. It's expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 200 homes.

Councillors approved the project earlier this month.

It will also see improvements made to the cauld, including new fish passes for different species such as salmon and eels.

Progress has been hampered by high water levels, but it is hoped the scheme will be up and running by next summer.