Where we came from
SSE was formed in 1998 following the merger of Scottish Hydro Electric and Southern Electric, but it can trace its heritage back far further.
SSE played a proud role in Scotland’s hydro revolution, which began in 1943 with the Hydro Electric Development Act. This delivered electricity across the Highlands and dramatically improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Scots.
But building dams and power stations across Scotland’s rugged landscape was no easy feat. For example, workers at St Fillans set a world tunnelling record in 1955, when they ground their way through 557 feet of rock in just a week.
By the mid 1960's, Scotland could boast of 56 dams connected by over 600km of rock tunnel, aqueducts and pipelines.
Electricity has transformed the way we all live our lives. It took over many of the domestic chores, helped Britain win the First World War and lit up the night in our towns and cities.
Today SSE remains the UK’s largest generator of renewable energy, in keeping with its historic aim to provide safe and reliable energy for all.
The SSE heritage collection
Explore the wonder, history and creativity of our heritage collection online at sseheritage.org.uk.
Pitlochry Power Station openS its doors to public
SSE took part in this year’s Doors Open Day by opening its Pitlochry hydro electric power station to the public for guided tours.
Visitors had an exclusive look inside power station and learnt from SSE experts how electricity is generated from water. As part of the tour visitors also had access into SSE’s Corporate Archive, allowing them to explore a selection of the artefacts from the energy company’s heritage. SSE’s Fisheries Biologist was also on hand to explain the journey salmon make through the Fish Ladder and all SSE does to help facilitate the journey.
To watch the video that we took on the day click here.