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Scotland’s first urban community hydro has been formally handed over to its community owners. Donside Hydro had been managed remotely by turbine suppliers since it became operational in October 2016 but Aberdeen Community Energy (ACE) has now taken over responsibility for operating the hydro from supplier. Located on the banks of the River Don, in the Tillydrone area of the city, the hydro has been hitting production targets for just over four months, including regularly reaching its maximum generation capacity of 99.9kW. ACE’s founder and chair (and long-term greenspace scotland collaborator) Sinclair Laing said: “While there’s still some work to achieve the landscaping, recreational and educational objectives of the project, this is one of the final milestones with the hydro itself. We are ecstatic to say the least to see all our hard work over the past few years finally pay off; we’re very proud custodians of this important community-owned asset”. More