Community energy on hold
This week everyone on the islands, involved in Community Energy schemes, has been talking about Grid Connection. The current issues could stop millions of pounds being invested in the regeneration of Western Isles communities.
Scottish and Southern Energy are responsible for grid-connecting electricity generating schemes like our hydro schemes and many community wind turbines in the isles. When applications are made to connect new schemes to the grid, an offer is made by SSE, with a date and a cost. Some schemes are being quoted costs in terms of millions – to cover the upgrade of an aged power infrastructure. Other groups have been given connection dates a number of years away. This uncertainty and lack of consistency could derail many community regeneration plans. Read more on the links below: