This session will provide an insight into various projects across the Orkney Islands, showcasing how the local communities are shaping energy developments to solve problems and shine a light for island futures globally. Project case studies will include:
– The development of community-owned turbines in island communities across Orkney, here highlighted by Stronsay and Shapinsay.
– The SMILE project, where the Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre and Eday communities are collaborating with Samsö and Madeira on tackling the problems of grid constraints by managing smart demand to both increase local generation and value to community energy and create modern affordable heating.
– The ReFLEX project and how it is now further developing intelligent local community approaches to energy use in order to deliver just and inclusive net-zero transition; here supporting electric community owned and managed transport and mobility services, in Hoy and Eday.
The discussion will be complemented with questions from islands across the globe.
OREF aims to address strategic issues affecting Orkney’s renewables sector through focused collaboration with members, the local community, key stakeholders, and Orkney’s world-leading academic and research organisations.
Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company was formed in 2004 as a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Building on the success of this, and in response to a growing sustainable development agenda in Scotland, the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company evolved into an independent Scottish charity, Community Energy Scotland.
Community Energy Scotland was incorporated on 9th November 2007 as a Company Limited by Guarantee with no share capital (Company No. SC333698) and a registered Scottish Charity (No. SC039673). The organisation has spread from an initial base in the Highlands to cover the whole of Scotland, offering local development officers throughout the country.
Director, Orkney International Science Festival
Director, Island Innovation
Head of Innovation, Community Energy Scotland
Director, Orkney Renewable Energy Forum (OREF)
Turbine Manager, Shapinsay Renewables Ltd and Director of Shapinsay Development Trust
Managing Director, Eday Renewable Energy Ltd
I have been a farm labourer, haulage contractor, fish farmer, builders labourer, shopfitter, double glazing salesperson, coastguard and at the moment I work on a listed building doing building maintenance, groundworks. I am also a retained firefighter.
Having done so much variety in my life it has been very helpful in my various roles on the board of the trust.
Chairperson, Rousay Egilsay And Wyre Development Trust
Technical Director, Hoy Energy Ltd
Engineer, Samso Energy Academy
Turbine Manager for REWIRED Ltd, and Director of Heat Smart Orkney Ltd
Associate Professor, University of Magallanes (UMAG)
Secretary, Nicobar Chamber of Commerce and Industries
SHAPE St. Helena’s Active Participation in Enterprise