The remote Scottish island of Eigg has received overwhelming attention due to one amazing fact. It has been virtually self-sufficient from renewable energy for more than a decade.
Prior to 2008, the island, which is home to 106 residents, was powered by diesel generators, which provided power for just a few hours a day. (The fuel had to be shipped across hostile seas from the Scottish mainland.) In 2008, however, that all changed when Eigg residents launched the world's first community off-grid power system.
The innovative program is based on a combination of battery storage, micro-hydro, wind and solar generation plants. The system has sufficient capacity to supply secure power 24/7 to the island's homes and businesses, which include two museums, the Laig Bay Brewing Company, record label Lost Map and Howlin' Fling, a semi-regular music festival.