In 1997, the residents of the Hebridean island of Eigg undertook a pioneering community buy-out, which ‘gave islanders control of their future for the first time’ – taking control of their land and empowering the community to make decisions about the future of the island.
The community trust then set up community-owned hydro, wind, and solar capacity to power the island, including an electrification project in 2008 – with the result that over 95% of the island’s electricity demand is now supplied by renewables, and the population has grown by 40%.
The islanders of Eigg are a great example of energy contributing to place-making, regeneration, and a healthier environment. Since then, they have inspired a wave of similar schemes on other Scottish islands.
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