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The Brave Green Future

Green isle forced to revert to diesel - Environment - Scotsman.com

THE residents of Foula, Scotland’s most remote inhabited island which achieved a remarkable first by becoming 100 per cent self-sufficient with renewable energy, are now forced to endure black-outs.

An all-night black-out has had to be brought into force for the 22 homes on the isolated Shetland community, because of teething problems in the island’s £1.5 million hydro and solar power schemes.

Foula’s three wind turbines have been out of action since Christmas, when 100mph winds damaged the blades of one of the turbines.

Now islanders are back to relying on costly diesel generator until the faults can be rectified.

Two years ago the islanders, who live 20 miles from the Shetland mainland, were awarded £200,000 in funding from the Big Lottery Fund towards their combination of wind, solar and hydro power, enabling Foula to become the first Shetland community to become self-sufficient in energy. The final phase was completed last October.

But it has been revealed a series of problems with the pioneering green energy scheme has left the islanders having to rely on back-up diesel generators to power their homes.

And, because of crippling fuel costs, they are operating a blackout from 12:30am to 7am.

Don't laugh.

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That's the future our "Green" friends want for us, only there won't be any back up generators around when it all turns to tears.
And that pasty head Cast Iron believes it going to get cheaper - twat!

I read something last week about a SNP (I think) (prospective?) councillor/MSP promising to take up the "unfair" high charges for transmission of electricity from small wind turbines and make it the same as the rest of the country. I presume this means he wants consumers in the South to subsidise the high cost of transmission of small amounts of power from remote areas.

"Don't laugh"? How is it possible NOT to laugh?

22 homes, 1.5m quid ... £68,000 each. Ouch, expensive blackouts.

I believe something similar happened in the Isle of Eigg.

Oh, yes, here we are: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/hydro_electricenergy/7858960/Power-rationed-on-green-island-Eigg-after-mild-weather-causes-drought.html

This is the future, people - get used to it.

Unless we rise up and kill them all, of course.

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