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Council announces renewable boost

The council said it was particularly interested in hydro-electric schemes

Perth and Kinross Council has said it plans to invest £100,000 in renewable energy over the next year.

The council said it was particularly keen to fund biomass energy projects and hydro-electric schemes.

The money was announced by council leader Ian Miller as part of the 2010-2011 budget.

Several schools in the region already use biomass energy, including the Breadalbane, Blairgowrie and Crieff Community Campuses.

Biomass installations use biological material such as wood and waste to generate heat or electricity.

Councillor Miller said the investment would help expand the local economy and make the area more sustainable.

There are already 30 renewable energy businesses in Perth and Kinross, including the headquarters of Scotland's largest renewable company, Scottish and Southern Energy.

Councillor Miller added: "I am delighted to announce that we will be funding this new initiative. It will provide an opportunity for Perth and Kinross to capitalise on a growing and very important industry."

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