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TITLE
Lochalsh Electricity Distribution Scheme
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_10_00A
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
DATE OF IMAGE
May 1946
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8871
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
construction
Lochalsh
Stirling of Fairburn
Lochalsh Electricity Distribution Scheme

In May 1946, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board had pole raising ceremonies in Morar and Lochalsh to mark the start of construction that would bring electricity to these areas. This plaque, on the Lochalsh hydro-electric pole reads: This, the first pole of the Lochalsh Electricity Distribution Scheme of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was erected by Mrs Stirling of Fairburn on 22nd May 1946. Work began shortly after this, and electricity switched on in December 1948.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


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Lochalsh Electricity Distribution Scheme

ROSS: Lochalsh

1940s

hydro-electric; construction; Lochalsh; Stirling of Fairburn

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

In May 1946, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board had pole raising ceremonies in Morar and Lochalsh to mark the start of construction that would bring electricity to these areas. This plaque, on the Lochalsh hydro-electric pole reads: This, the first pole of the Lochalsh Electricity Distribution Scheme of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was erected by Mrs Stirling of Fairburn on 22nd May 1946. Work began shortly after this, and electricity switched on in December 1948.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>