A project to harness the power of a Borders river to generate energy has secured more than £1.5m in funding. It will see a series of hydro-electric generators placed on the Gala Water in Galashiels. The people behind the project said it was an “exciting revival” of the use of the river from the times of the old textile mills. It will initially create 150kW of power although it is hoped that could rise to up to 400kW in the longer term. It could ultimately meet the needs of about 1,000 homes in the town. The funding has come from the Scottish government via the Energy Saving Trust and Local Energy Challenge Fund.
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