Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info

Scottish isle hails as first 100 percent self-sustaining place on Earth

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
(NaturalNews) When life throws lemons your way, just make some lemonade -- or, heck, start growing your own lemon trees and produce all the lemons you could ever want! This is what the residents of the small isle of Eigg, off Scotland's northwestern coast, did when the big energy conglomerates refused to service their remote locale. And now, Eigg stands above the rest as the world's first completely self-sustaining place on Earth, a prototype for sustainable living with renewable energy.

It all began back around 2008 when the European Union and various national bodies decided to fund the development of an energy infrastructure on Eigg, which previously had no steady source of electric power. Nearly all of the island's roughly 100 residents relied upon noisy diesel generators that were not only expensive to fuel but highly polluting -- the antithesis of renewable energy, as diesel for these many generators had to be shipped in from the mainland at high cost.

But a $2.4 million investment has since allowed Eigg to become almost entirely energy-independent, replacing its generators with a diverse landscape marked by solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric stations that take advantage of the area's vast ecological resources. And the best part is that these technologies are creating virtually zero pollution in the process.

"It varies from year to year depending on weather conditions, but we are getting between 85 and 90 percent of our energy from renewables," stated Maggie Fyffe, who runs the financial office for "Eigg Electric" from her small bungalow, to Al Jazeera. "There are miles and miles of underground cable connecting every house to the grid."

The modest island, which measures a mere 12-square-miles in size, boasts somewhat crazy weather conditions that make obtaining renewable energy using existing technologies rather simple. Heavy winds and rain, balanced by plenty of days of intense sunlight, make capturing energy a breeze, which has greatly simplified the lives of those who live on Eigg.

"It's hard to imagine what it is like to live with no electricity or limited electricity," added Fyffe, whose time spent on the island since she moved there in the 1970s has given her a unique perspective. "If you had a generator you would only have it on for a few hours a day, so that meant you only had electricity for certain hours of the day."

"Now life is so much easier," she stated to Al Jazeera. "I've got a washing machine."

Self-sustaining energy grid has created new jobs, increased draw

Though slightly more expensive than comparable electric service on the mainland, the energy provided by Eigg Electric has significantly benefited the local economy. Not only are existing Eigg residents being given new opportunities as a result of the new energy, including new jobs, but the availability of electricity at all is attracting younger folks to the island who otherwise would never have agreed to live there.

"Part of their contract was that they had to teach people about installation and how it worked," stated Eddie Scott, one of the maintenance workers at Eigg Electric about the island's energy agreement, as quoted by Al Jazeera. "Now we can solve a lot of the problems ourselves. We have learned a lot as the years have gone by."

Eigg is self-sustaining in other ways as well, as it offers ownership shares of the island to every resident who lives there for six months out of the year or longer. Such folks are automatically granted a spot on the residents' committee, which besides having come up with the renewable energy plan is responsible for making other important decisions about the day-to-day operations of the island.

Sources for this article include:



Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...
comments powered by Disqus

The War on Independent Media Has Begun

A coordinated censorship attack is being waged against the entire independent media by Google, YouTube and Facebook. After we were banned by Google for nearly a week, now Facebook is deliberately blocking the sharing of our stories to further censor our important reporting for human freedom and medical choice. Soon, the only way we will be able to reach you is via email, and Google is sometimes blocking our email delivery to gmail users.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don't use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the 'net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook.

Once you click subscribe, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free subscription.