SSE Renewables, a Scottish and Southern Energy division, has received approval from the Scottish Government to develop a new 7.5MW hydro electric power station at Kildermorie, Ross-shire in Scotland.
The hydro electric scheme will generate electricity to power about 9,400 homes.
The scheme will comprise a new dam and storage reservoir at the head of Gleann Mhuire, a buried pipeline running down the glen and a semi-buried powerhouse with associated tailrace next to the Abhainn na Glasa upstream of Kildermorie Lodge.
SSE Renewables project manager Calum Robb said that SSE is committed to reducing the carbon intensity of its generation by 50% by 2020, and the new hydro scheme at Kildermorie will help achieve the target.
"Work to address the conditions associated with the consent will now take place, and it is likely that construction work will start within the next 12 months," Robb said.
The project is expected to take two years to complete construction.