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Region’s islands successful in EU Clean Energy fund

Six communities in the Highlands and Islands were selected as ‘pioneering islands’ in the Clean Energy for EU Islands programme announced in February

The Isles of Canna, Eigg, Rum, Muck, Fair Isle and Foula have been chosen in a competitive process as an ‘off-grid consortium’ to work together on their decarbonisation agendas.

HIE supported the six remote islands communities to apply through its local carbon energy support framework which assists in the early stage of development of a low carbon energy system project.

Douglas Cowan, director of strengthening communities at HIE, said: “We are delighted that our off-grid island communities have been successful in their application for the EU clean islands programme. We recognise that a resilient, affordable and low carbon energy supply is one of cornerstones of sustainable community living in remote and rural areas.”

Further information about the Low Carbon Energy Systems technical advice framework is at http://www.hie.co.uk/community-support/community-energy/lcesframework.html

Further information is available at https://www.euislands.eu/support-for-eu-islands

Fair Isle Photo credit: Dave Wheeler

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