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Hydro power stations to be built near Loch Lomond

The schemes will generate about 6.7 megawatts of power

Plans to build four hydro electric power stations near Loch Lomond have been given the go-ahead.

The Scottish government said the Osspower Ltd proposals would create up to 50 new jobs and generate enough electricity for 4,100 homes.

The new stations, all on the Glen Falloch Estate, near Crianlarich, will be constructed at Allt Fionn, Ben Glas, Derrydarroch and Upper Falloch.

The estate lies within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Energy Minister Jim Mather said the schemes were a "perfect example" of how Scotland could make the best use of its natural resources.

He said: "The four hydro schemes will bring substantial local economic benefit - up to 50 jobs will be created during construction and local businesses will benefit from an increase in trade.

"I also welcome the fact that rental income from the hydro schemes will be re-invested back into the operations of the Glen Falloch Estate."

Osspower Ltd submitted its application to build and operate the four stations in July 2009.

The company said they would have a combined generating capacity of 6.7 megawatts.

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