An interesting article on a remote island that was 100% self-sufficient, for two months. Then they went back on dirty generators with nightly blackout periods.
Green isle forced to revert to diesel - Environment - Scotsman.com:
The full article can be read at Scotsman.com
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.
The big ending is:
The turbines are not allowed to turn from May to September during the bird breeding season.Another story out of Scotland is at forargyll.com: Major environmental groups seriously compromised by wind developers’ cash
One of the most genuinely shocking developments in the disputed push for wind generated energy emerged today with revelations in the Daily Mail that three major Scottish environmental and wildlife organisations have admitted accepting money from top wind farm developers.The entire article can be read at forargyll.com
The three that have been outed and have put their hands up to the accusation – they call their relationships with the wind energy developers ‘partnerships’ – are:
This undermines even further the ability of straightforward folk to tease out what is reliable and what is not in the overheated conflict on whether or not Scotland should be going as bald-headedly as it is for wind energy.
- World Wildlife Fund Scotland – supported by Scottish and Southern Energy
- Friends of the Earth Scotland – supported by Scottish Power Renewables
- Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland – supported by various unnamed wind farm developers
We now discount – without reading or listening – anything or anyone promoting wind as ‘clean green energy’.
Why? Because any pitch running under this sort of banner headline is either underinformed or deliberately deceiving. Wind energy is neither clean nor green.