The internationally renowned knitwear hotbed that is Fair Isle is in the news today, and not because someone's bought a bespoke jumper for £200. It's because the island is finally luxuriating in an uninterrupted, 24-hour electricity supply.
Until today, Fair Isle relied upon diesel generators and a patchwork collection of last-gen renewables for its power, which allowed the 55-or-so permanent inhabitants to run their electrical stuff between 11.30pm and 7.30am, should the winds allow. Now, though, a completely refreshed system including three huge 60kW turbines and a 50kW solar array – plus a bank of batteries to provide an essential buffer – should keep the lights on the the fridges running all through the night. Welcome to poor sleep, everyone.
A total of £3.5m has been invested in the project though assorted grants, with locally run endeavour the Fair Isle Electricity Company proud that the day has finally come. The hope is that more families may now be encouraged to move onto the isolated island, as little Charlie won't get in a sulk when the router stops working now. [Shet News via BBC]
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