THREE NEW hydro generation plants have been established on Scottish farms under deals struck with renewable energy supplier Opus Energy.

The first of the new hydro agreements, signed in May 2013, covers two plants – totalling 57kW in size – based at Auchencheyne Farm near Moniaive. The third agreement is for a 190kW plant at a Selcoth Farm near Moffat, which is a mixed sheep and aquaculture unit.

Combined, the three plants will generate enough power to supply 58 small and medium business enterprises with certified green energy.

Company director Steve James said: "The renewables division at Opus Energy continues to perform strongly as businesses realise that generating their own renewable power makes sound economic sense, particularly in today's economic climate. We're thrilled to be adding hydro-generation to our portfolio."

The plants are Opus Energy's first hydro-powered generators, and complement its existing portfolio of over 650 businesses that are generating renewable power from wind, solar and anaerobic digestion.