Figures published by Scottish Renewables yet again show Scotland to be the
UK’s green energy powerhouse, producing enough to power all of Scotland’s
homes twice over.
Aside from the dog-whistle reaction this news evokes from either side of
the wind farm debate, the reality of renewables is coming home to small
remote communities and bringing many benefits. In our austerity-battered
community of Achiltibuie in the far north-west Highlands, a number of us
saw the generation of renewable energy as a potential source of income to
fund our drive for sustainability when it became clear that the public
purse couldn’t, or wouldn’t, provide for our modest infrastructure
aspirations and development projects.