Fair Isle residents to get round-the-clock wind-powered energy thanks in the main to Scottish government funding


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I was amazed to read that, ‘in this day and age’, the 55 islanders on Fair Isle sometimes had to face periods of outage between 11pm and 7am if there had not been enough wind to generate power. I was doubly amazed in that I’d taken for granted that the wind there never ever stopped. I’d heard they had to tie small children to posts to stop them blowing away.

Anyhow, they’ve just been award £2.6 million to build three 60KW wind turbines and a 50 KW solar array and battery storage. According to Energy Voice, the money is coming from a number of sources including the Big Lottery, European Regional Fund, Shetland Islands Council, National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Water and the Fair Isle Bird Observatory.

Not mentioned in the Energy Voice piece was the fact that the Scottish government has pledged half the cost of the project (£1.325m). Wonder why? The National Trust who own the island are putting in a £100 000!

It’s hoped reliable electricity might persuade some to boost the island’s population. Mind you, I’d always thought that power cuts boosted the birth-rate.


14 thoughts on “Fair Isle residents to get round-the-clock wind-powered energy thanks in the main to Scottish government funding

  1. Brian October 24, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Prof John, I constantly tip my hat to you (at least in my head) for your posts. So reassuring to see this constant stream of evidence supporting the view that the SNP Govt is “doing the day job”, and doing it extremely well.

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  2. Clydebuilt October 24, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Shocking that the Scot. Gov got no mention for supplying half the costs. Across the board the Unionists are getting their act together!

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  3. Bugger (the Panda) October 24, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Does the National Trust of Scotland own Fair Isle or hold it in “trust” for the People of Scotland?

    Miight be useful when we come to address their appointment of the gowk Neil Ferguson?

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      • Bugger (the Panda) October 24, 2017 / 6:41 pm

        Or gets stuffed by a Puffin?

        Liked by 2 people

      • Sam October 24, 2017 / 7:55 pm

        Puffins wouldn’t lower themselves.

        Liked by 2 people

    • gavin October 24, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Nelly Oliver? The windswept winsome waffler (substitute w…… as required) on the box.

      Liked by 1 person

    • gavin October 25, 2017 / 10:00 am

      He thinks he is, as he tosses his locks and gazes (side on) adoringly at the camera.
      History? We don’t need an actual historian. Nelly could waffle on about Great ( in the super-duper sense) Britain until his hair spray loses its adhesive powers.

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  4. DBGdotSCOT October 25, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Abolish Neil Oliver

    Nationalise National Trust, rename it briefly as Nationalised Trust, then subsequently (almost immediately) amalgamate it with Historic Scotland

    Reposition the Scottish Headquarters of “The Scotland Office” from:
    1 Melville Crescent,
    EH3 7HW
    1 Hidden Reinforced Wooden Hut,
    Somewhere on Fair Isle,
    (travel expenses & heating not included – unless paid for by @EweKayGov)
    E-Mail: mumbell.plonker@ewekaygov.co.uk.gov
    Proclaim Scottish Independence

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  5. Ludo Thierry October 25, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    DGBDOTSCOT I salute you! – What a sublime Manifesto for Freedom – Let’s take it to the people.

    Cheers, ludo

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