IT sounds like the plot of a classic Scottish movie, but it is all playing out for real in the Highlands as the people of Ullapool find themselves facing the mammoth task of raising a cool one million pounds in order to turn the town green when it comes to the energy they use. The people of the picturesque Highland town have just days left to raise the money they need to fund the pioneering hydro-electric scheme, to be owned and run by the local community. Profits from the proposed BroomPower plant on a river near Ullapool will be ploughed back into community projects – while shareholders are also promised a four per cent rate of return. By 3pm yesterday afternoon, backers had raised more than Â£800,000 towards their target, which has to be reached by August 31. They spent the day on the streets of Ullapool leafleting in the hope of turning “this fantastic opportunity into a reality”.
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