Barra and Vatersay Local Energy Plan

Barra and Vatersay are two very remote islands at the south end to the Outer Hebrides with a combined population of over 1300 people.

The Local Energy Plan for Barra and Vatersay has been developed to help the community to look at its existing and future energy needs in terms of power, heat and transport and work out the priorities for action. 

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Developing Barra and Vatersay's Local Energy Plan

The development of Barra and Vatersay's Local Energy Plan was led by a local steering group. The steering group included representatives from the two community councils, Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay, the Hebridean Housing Association and Barratlantic, a local business.

Barra and Vatersay were put forward as a location to develop a local energy plan by Barra and Vatersay Community Ltd, a local community group who developed and manage the community owned 900kW wind turbine. They were also a member of the steering group.

Specialist technical support to develop the plan was provided by Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, with local engagement activity being supported by Community Energy Scotland.

Local drop in events took place in Northbay on 15 March and Castlebay on 16 March to allow members of the community to get involved in the development of the plan. The plan was also promoted through other community activities. A second workshop event took place in Castlebay towards the end of May to collect views on the draft plan and confirm the priorities for the finalised plan.