Friday, 6 September 2013

Scoraig Wind Power - Scotland Tour 2013 - Living in a Hiace Camper Van

I had an amazingly peaceful nights sleep in this secluded place, even difficult dreams being held in the expanse of the peace of nature here. I've been on my own all day - friends off to the markets, so its been a quiet day with no agenda, just what I need. Keeping an eye on the chickens, watering the greenhouse, preparing some food when I felt hungry..

After lunch I decided to go and take a walk up behind the croft onto the common grazing on the hillside, and take a closer look at the wind generator that provides all the power here. I was soon making my way up the rugged rocky slope watching the turbine whirl powerfully in the wind. Turning back I saw the crofts below, and the stunning views out over the loch and the mountains beyond. I recorded a bit of footage along the way:

Wind power has extensively been used here since the peninsula became repopulated beginning in the 1960's - the number of turbines increasing as more people came to live here. Here is a short documentary all about wind energy being used on Scoraig:

Afterward I took a look at the battery bank for this turbine, powering the croft's electrics. Its housed in a unique shed which incorporates a small bank of solar panels on the roof, also feeding the batteries:

The battery bank
The shed housing the batteries and inverter

This evening after a meal of fried potatoes, onions, and some runner beans with salad, I decided to make some of my own bread. After looking around I found some flour and vinegar, and made up some Irish soda farls for tomorrows breakfast. The flour I found wasn't the right sort, but the bread tastes pretty good and there's no other bread here until my friends return from civilisation tomorrow evening..

Its now fully dark since about 8:30pm and I'm sitting enjoying some candle light, though I can have electric light if I want, thanks to that big turbine on the hillside..

For more information on Scoraig community visit: Scoraig Community Association

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