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Renewable energy

Many Reserves have used renewable energy for many years - remote, often off-grid locations, combined with excellent lochs and rivers have seen small hydro-electric schemes established in the past, often before becoming a Reserves (on the island of Rum for example).

Renewables have become popular in recent years, as improvements in economic advantages and available technologies alongside a growing awareness by Reserve managers and owners that they should reduce the climate change impacts of these special places.

  • Electricity - from small-scale wind turbines, solar photovoltaic panels, micro or mini hydro schemes.
  • Heating - Biomass (using logs, forestry thinnings, woodchips, farm waste etc) and solar thermal panel

Please ask about any existing or planned renewable systems at any Reserve you visit.

Examples on Reserves

The following are some examples of the measures we have in place on Reserve using renewable energy.

  • Noss - wind turbine and solar thermal panels
  • Rum - run of river hydro
  • Creag Meagaidh - Battery Inverter (to store electricity) and micro hydro electric scheme (in development)
  • Cairnsmore of Fleet - ground source heat pump
  • Forvie - ground source heat pump
  • St Cyrus - ground source heat pump
  • Isle of May - solar photovoltaic array

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