A Hebridean community energy trust has shared in a £1 million hand-out to 20 charities by the Highland Sustainable Development Fund. The Isle of Canna Community Development Trust has been awarded £100,000 towards the installation of a renewable-energy powered grid to serve the current population and local businesses. The island is not connected to the mainland electricity grid and currently relies on environmentally-damaging diesel generation. The island was bequeathed to the National Trust for Scotland by the Gaelic folklorist and scholar John Lorne Campbell in 1981. The Highland Sustainable Development Fund – funded by SSE’s onshore wind farms – is open to all non-profit making organisations, community groups and charities with a project that will provide benefit in the Highland region. It is expected to release over £20 million in awards over the next 25 years. The fund will open again in autumn 2017.
Scottish Energy News 15th June 2016 read more »