31 Mar '17, 5pm

Eigg Electric finds renewable energy success on tiny Scottish island

Eigg Electric finds renewable energy success on tiny Scottish island

The off-grid system has been running on this 12-square-mile island since 2008. The whole system is run for and by the island via the community-owned Eigg Electric. If backup energy is needed, it is provided by two 70 kW diesel generators. If there is an excess of power generated it is stored in a bank of batteries, capable of providing power to the whole island for up to 24 hours. The system was designed to provide at least 95% of the power consumed on the island, from the three renewable resources, and to allow for growth in the population. Limits are in place to encourage residents to use power responsibly: islanders are asked to keep below 5kW of energy use at any one time, about the equivalent of running a coffee maker and a washing machine at the same time. Businesses get a 10kW upper limit. Those who exceed the limit are cut off from power temporarily and are fined a...

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