Pairc Niseaboist Community Energy Project

Project lead: The West Harris Trust

Award Amount: £0

Area: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Vision

This project aims to build on the work of a parallel Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme application for feasibility work on a community renewable wave energy array alongside a wind turbine to provide locally generated power for West Harris Trust’s new community hub and neighbouring social housing development of 6 units.

 

Project

Wave energy arrays are still at an early stage of development and it is important to achieve a successful deployment of projects and also develop operating hour experience to progress the technology and allow wave energy arrays to achieve commercial viability at the earliest opportunity.

In addition to the wave energy aspect, this project is seeking to explore and find solutions for the combination of wave and wind generation and how this should be handled within the local grid context. This will include the use of storage and district heating systems as ways of managing the local energy economy and building additional load capacity to use additional energy when available.