19 Sep 2019

Wind & Sun Win Solar & Storage Award!

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The Alan Clark Award for Local or Community Energy Wind & Sun 01

Wind & Sun at Solar & Storage Live 2019 AwardsWind & Sun are extremely proud to have been awarded The Alan Clark Award For Local/Community Energy.

The presentation was made at the prestigious annual Solar & Storage Awards held in conjunction with Solar & Storage Live at the Birmingham NEC on September 18th.

Solar & Storage Live 2019 Awards Winners 01The award was presented at a gala dinner by comedian Zoey Lyons and recognised our work with the Fair Isle and Isle of Canna Community Electrification Schemes.

During 2018 Wind & Sun supplied two of the UK’s most remote island communities with new community-owned renewable electricity systems based on solar PV, wind, and battery storage technologies to ditch their diesel power generators and have sustainable 24 hour electricity.

The systems are operated by local residents and both communities have established enterprises to own and operate the new equipment. Electricity will be provided to residents after which profits from the power generated will be used to cover operation and maintenance costs, and reduce bills for local homes and businesses. Wind & Sun have trained a local team to look after the scheme and will be providing on-going support to the islanders, monitoring performance and adjusting critical operating parameters remotely if required.

More information about the systems can be seen here.

These projects with use of energy storage for renewables and the integration of various technologies demonstrate exactly where we, the UK, need to go too.

Wind & Sun Managing Director, Steve Wade, who received the award at the ceremony, said “We are thrilled to get this accolade, it’s fantastic to have our achievements recognised.  We have been involved in these projects for over five years now, from inception through installation and on to development and support. It’s been a privilege to work on them and with the island communities and we are looking forward to taking the lessons learned onto the mainland”

Fair Isle Plant Room SMA Sunny IslandFair Isle

Located roughly halfway between Shetland and Orkney, Fair Isle is the UK’s most remote inhabited island and can be frequently cut off from the mainland for long periods due to weather and sea conditions.

Previously, power was supplied by a combination of wind and diesel, but homes were left without electricity between 11.30 pm and 7.30 am. Now all 55 inhabitants have the simple pleasure of instant power at any time.

Ise Of Canna Solar PV BoatIsle of Canna

Canna is the westernmost of the Small Isles archipelago, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides approximately 25 miles from the mainland.

Isle Of Canna BatteriesAlso owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland it was previously powered by diesel generators, but these were expensive to run and difficult to maintain.

The Fair Isle system provides power for:                              

  • Houses for 55 inhabitants
  • Post Office and shop
  • B&B visitor accommodation        
  • Primary School
  • Community Hall
  • Two churches
  • Fire Station
  • Airstrip
  • Scottish Water facility
  • Harbour
  • Lighthouse
  • Fair Isle Bird Observatory

The Canna system provides power for:                  

  • Houses for 15 inhabitants
  • Cafe and shop
  • B&B visitor accommodation
  • Farm buildings and workshops
  • Primary School
  • Two churches
  • Harbour buildings

Background:

Wind & Sun has been supplying quality, reliable, energy efficient wind & solar electrical products since 1984. They installed the first domestic grid connected PV system in 1994 –now seen everywhere on the roofs of houses, factories and barns, and have previously provided prize winning renewable power systems for the Scottish Islands of Foula, Eigg, Rum and Muck.