Today is a big day in the development of Edinburgh’s first community owned renewable energy project, located at Harlaw Reservoir near Balerno.

Harlaw Hydro raised over £300,000 with a community share launch. There are now 232 shareholders who own the project, 71% of them in the local area.

For the last year the Harlaw Hydro technical team have been project managing the pre-build stage, satisfying all the technical and legal issues and we are now ready to bring in the diggers!

To celebrate this the Lord Provost wielded the Golden Spade in a sod cutting ceremony.

The Edinburgh Reporter was there to capture it all on film: