All of the hydro-electricity projects in the planning system with more than 1MW of capacity are located in Scotland, according to trade body Scottish Renewables.

A total of 27 schemes currently have planning consent. Together they will be able to produce 58.5MW, enough to power 42,000 homes.

Currently, 14 schemes with a combined capacity of 26.8MW are already under construction.

Feed-in Tariff cuts

Hannah Smith, Policy Officer at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland’s terrain and rainfall mean the country is ideal for the development of hydroelectricity, but the rest of the UK has historically invested in this technology too.

“These figures show that a huge cut to support in the UK Government's Feed-in Tariff review in December has already caused a contraction in the number of schemes being developed and, it seems, a geographical withdrawal to hydro’s traditional heartland.”

Scottish Renewables published the figures ahead of its hydro-power conference in Perth on 18 May.

> Read Scottish Renewables' announcement