It’s never easy to judge how well an event will be received, and planning anything which involves key participants arriving by ferry in January is always nerve-wracking, so it was very pleasing to see such a good turnout for Islay Energy Trust’s Renewables Day. Around 150 people took the opportunity to come along and explore the possibilities for small-scale renewables, picking up tips on heat pumps, solar panels, wind turbines and hydro power. Our enthusiastic and well-informed exhibitors kept everyone interested, even the youngest, and of those who took the time to complete our quick feedback form, all felt themselves to be better informed and more likely to consider installing some sort of renewable energy system at home in the future. Several mentioned the benefits of face-to-face contact, and of receiving information directly relevant to Islay. Many were surprised at the favourable payback times, a direct result of the new Feed -In Tariff which will reward domestic energy producers by paying for every unit of electricity produced – even those used in the home. Unfortunately, due to the complex nature of many planning applications, Argyll & Bute planning department didn’t feel it would be useful to have a representative here for the day – but with such a high level of interest and such good support from all concerned, we will certainly push harder for this next time as it would clearly have been of use to many. No Islay event would be complete without catering, and special mention must be made of the Islay High School hospitality group, who provided hot drinks and tasty snacks throughout the day. This was their first venture into outside catering and their professional service was much admired. If you’d like to keep up to date with what’s happening with Islay Energy Trust then you can add your details to our mailing list by becoming a member – it’s cheap and easy! Just call in to the office with £1 and fill out a form – or give us a call and we can pop one in the post to you. If you missed the Renewables Day and would like to pick up information or to get in touch with any of our installers, (or if you were there and have a suggestion for next time!) speak to Lindy on 01496 301413, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scoping Report for the socio-economic impact assessment of the proposed offshore wind farms in the Argyll area is now available. The report was commissioned by the Argyll Renewables Consortium (ARC) and written by SQW Energy and SQW Consulting. It sets out the context of the proposed developments and defines the scope of the assessment.
A copy of the report is available here:
Marine energy will be ready for mass scale deployment and an important new commercial UK industry by 2020 says the Carbon Trust, as it announces the six most promising technologies that will today receive £22m of new funding to speed up the deployment of full scale prototypes of their leading designs.
Designed and managed by the Carbon Trust, the Marine Renewable Proving Fund (MRPF) uses new funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The MRPF marks a new level of commitment to developing wave and tidal technologies by helping the UK’s most promising technologies to progress towards early stage deployment and accelerating the first commercial projects in UK waters.
The tidal turbine, known as HS1000, is expected to be fully operational in Orkney by 2011. Hammerfest Strøm UK has already completed the design and pre-engineering and is now tendering for fabrication and installation.
After a test period, the company will work with ScottishPower Renewables who have plans to install the device as part of a 10MW tidal power array in the Sound of Islay by 2012. This project will be the largest demonstration tidal power project in the world and put ScottishPower Renewables at the forefront of global tidal power developers.
Students from Reid Kerr College‘s Skills for Work Energy programme joined up with Freddie Bell and S5s Skills for Work students from Islay High School as part of a combined study into Islay’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy resources.
The trip included a visit to Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle to see the photovoltaic tiles and a presentation about the Sound of Islay Tidal Energy Project. The students had some great questions and it is hoped that they will be able to come back to Islay as the project develops.
Further details are available on the Reid Kerr website.