Scotland's remote Eigg island is soon to become completely self-sufficient in renewable energy.
By Amanda Froelich,
Rolling green pastures, virescant mountains, and clean energy are the alluring qualities of the world’s soon-to-be first 100% self sustainable island. Where could such a place be located? Nowhere else but off the shores of Scotland, in an escape known as Eigg Island.
Eigg Island has a pristine landscape and abundant opportunity to implement sustainable strategies. Plus, it even already obtains 90% of its energy from renewable resources. Along with the quirky accent, there’s a lot to love about this setting and the Scots that offer inspiring example of how to live well without fossil fuels and rampant ecological degradation.
Progressive thinking residents have already installed solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric schemes across the island, and these almost meet the energy requirements of almost all its residents.
With a $2.64 million electricity grid switched on back in 2008 that operates independently of the UK’s national grid, the island wasn’t able to bring in big energy companies. So instead they did the unthinkable: they used electricity economically – keeping consumption under 5 kilowatts, with a limit for businesses at 10 kilowatts.
If the progressive green movement isn’t enough, the geography boasts abundant sun and harsh wind – something the islanders like to use to their advantage. The island even has free heating in public spaces, like churches and the community center.
And finally, Eigg Island is actually owned by its residents! In 1997 islanders bought the farm – quite literally. Anyone who lives on the island for more than 6 months becomes a member of the resident committee that decides how things are run in their town.
With this scale of progression, Eigg island is expected to be the world’s first 100% self sustainable place on Earth. Perhaps other locations will soon be inspired to follow suit.