Scottish Island Stays off Grid - replaces diesels with 95% Green resources.
Devices that require 24/7 supplies, such as fridges, have been an unknown luxury.
Today, though, that all changes:
A renewable energy supply giving the Isle of Eigg power 24-hours-a-day has come online for the first time.
The ÃÂ£1.6m system for the island in the Small Isles between Skye and the Ardnamurchan peninsula uses a mix of hydro, wind and solar power.
It has been designed to generate more than 95% of Eigg's annual energy demand and is backed up by a battery storage system and two diesel generators.
Residents have previously relied on diesel generators and hydro schemes.
The dream of green power has taken 10 years to realise.
A total of 45 households, 20 businesses and six community buildings on the island are linked together by six miles of buried cable that forms a high voltage network.
The whole project was organised by the community themselves - at the switch-on ceremony (in the local tea shop), the island's children gathered round a candle-lit map of the island and blew the candles out as the power came on.
Before the switch-on:
- homes were powered by diesel, wind or hydro-generators
- electricity was unreliable and restricted to certain hours
- some residents went without washing machines and vacuum cleaners
- the noise from the generators could be heard for miles
- Diesel was delivered by boat but services sometimes cancelled
BBC Magazine article, with comments.