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Penpont Burn Hydroelectric Scheme

During the consultation in 2016/17, one issue was brought up numerous times: the provision of sustainable energy. Due to this, a number of volunteers from the area explored whether the natural resources in and around the village could support a renewable energy project. The newly formed Renewables Group continued work that was left idle from a number years before and created the 'Penpont Burn Hydropower Scheme'. 

 This project was designed to ascertain whether a micro-hydroelectric turbine based in the Penpont Burn could produce enough energy for local homes to use and to bring in any funds to the trust for future betterment projects. After a number of surveys gave the all clear and generous donations from organisations and charities, the Renewables group applied to the Scottish Power Energy Networks Green Economy Fund for the entire cost of construction. 

 The group were successful and were awarded  £181,259.  Construction of the turbine house site has now started  (June 2020) and the project once completed, will generate the amount of electricity that approximately 32 houses use. The sale of this electricity, together with the Feed-in Tariff, is calculated to contribute roughly £12,000 per year to the Trust to be spent on future community projects within the three communities.

 If you have any queries regarding this project, or would like to know more about it, please get in touch with the project team by emailing 



The KPT Development Trust needs to keep certain information about its trustees, members, volunteers and family members to carry out its day to day operations, to meet its objectives and to comply with legal obligations.

We are committed to ensuring that any personal data will be dealt with in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). To comply with the law, personal information will be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed to any other person unlawfully. The aim of this policy is to ensure that everyone is fully aware of the requirements and acts in accordance with data protection procedures. In line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation (25 May 2018) principles, we will ensure that personal data will:
Be obtained fairly and lawfully and for a specific and lawful purpose
Be relevant but not excessive to our requirements
Be accurate and kept up to date
Not be held longer than necessary
Be available for individuals to inspect their data and remove their personal information when requested
Be subject to appropriate security measures in storage, use and disposal

The KPT Development Trust processes the following personal information:

Trustees - Names, addresses, and contact details. (Plus bank details for paying of expenses)
Members – Names, addresses and contact details. (No bank details are held)
Volunteers – Names and contact details. (No bank details are held)

The KPT Development Trust will ensure your data will:
Will not be sold to companies or given to public organisations.
Personal data (names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers) will only be passed on to a third party with an individual’s written or verbal consent
Be processed for the purposes stated only.
In the case of contact details, these may be stored for the purpose of informing trustees, members, volunteers and family members about events, activities etc, but this will not include personal information other than that which has been permitted and an opt-out option will apply at every contact point.
Be accurate and be kept up to date
Be erased as soon as out of date or when not necessary. All contact details will be reviewed annually.
Be kept in a safe place and, where relevant, on a computer which is password protected

The person responsible for data protection and processing is Maureen Halkett (Chair). If you want to see what information we hold on you or you wish to opt out of receiving information you should e-mail:

KPT Development Trust, Company Number 592235, Principal Address: Main Street, Penpont, DG3 4BP