Fair Isle, the remote island half way between Orkney and Shetland, is famed for its knitwear, migratory birds and, of course, its place in the shipping forecast. Now, for the first time in its history, Britain’s most remote community will also have a reliable electricity supply 24 hours a day. The island, which is three miles long and one and a half miles wide, has a population of just 55. Since the 1980s, power has come from a combination of wind turbines and a diesel generator, with no way of storing electricity. And until now when there was no wind it was lights out between 11.30pm and 7.30am. But now the island, which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, has a £3.5m renewable energy scheme made up of three turbines, along with solar panels and batteries that can store enough for about a day’s supply. The ribbon on the new scheme will be cut by local schoolchildren because Scottish government minister Paul Wheelhouse could not make it because of the weather.
BBC 12th Oct 2018 read more »