Scottish Island Has Electricity All Day Now

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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.



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