There are justifiable reasons for wind power and island life is one of those. The Island of Muck has recently commission a number of smaller turbines which, added to solar power and a standby generator, could be seen as a great move forward. However it does come with a caveat. A number of islands in the far north installed wind turbines which have failed due to the gale force winds. Financing repairs is reliant on the Scottish Government as the locals are simply unable to fund such high expenditure. An admission is made that maintenance and repairs will be down to the islanders as reliance off island is simply unsustainable. Another caveat is the effect on the younger people. An island life is essentially a close community. We have all seen and probably screamed at our children as the text on their mobiles or their X Box has a greater fascination than their homework. In this short film what is noticeable is the enthusiasm of the younger commentator of the opportunities for the I-Pad, X box and mobile phone. Whilst I appreciate the advantage, I suspect that this will at times come with a few tears! More info on the project here. The positives in this case outweigh the negatives but I would really love to see the project not clouded by the spectre of subsidies.
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