Very mixed three days. Monday saw me heading over the misty Bealach
to Broadford for a bit of minor surgery on my back. No descriptions required. Arrived a couple of minutes late but was told they were running half an hour behind. That was okay as I had come prepared with the AECom report on the local power proposals, using the excess that SSE are telling us we cannot put on the grid. It was a good read, not dry and very understandable. ACC get paid FiTs for the energy produced and it does not have to go onto the grid. So I was not bothered that the half hour extended to an hour and a half. Managed to finish the report and headed into the wee room where the Doc took the nasty bit out, stitched up a blood vessel and then half a dozen in my back. Stop off at the Coop and home in plenty of time to make the meeting which involved Highlandeco, AECom and CES. I found it really interesting and the little light that went on for me was that the only time we use the grid is when we cannot sell locally, that is when everyone connected is using and it is wet and the turbine is producing the 90kws. This makes it even better for me, green power and used locally. It can only be used in the Craite Barn, Old Estate Office, Street and Inn area. Outside this the length of cable becomes impractical. Down to the Inn for something to eat and another good chat.
Tuesday morning there was a drop in session for anyone who wanted more info.
Not that much interest but seems quite normal. Most people working and the information is out there anyway. Jackie O’Brien was over from BBC Scotland and did a bit of filming and interviews around what ACC are doing on green energy. Some were less keen than others to go in front of the lens.
After the Hall, went down to the house where Mick and Duncan discussed another green option for the Schoolhouse and could be feasible. Project for the winter, assuming I get my thermal water sorted out. Always when in the company of these guys and chatting about green, hydro, off grid issues, I come away inspired. It is great it is going to be an income generator for the community despite the rents but the green aspect of these projects are the driving force for taking all the hassle. Talking about climate change and then jumping into the car to drive home does not do it for me any more. Something Mick said which I found quite poignant was he wanted his son to travel around the Highlands and see all the micro hydro units that Highlandeco had helped set up and be proud that his Dad did this. Great chats about home growing, semi underground green houses, comparing east and west gardens. A wee trip down to the pier and a sketch for the Ebike delivering prawn fisherman. Good fun but good PR for ACC and AEE. A grand day finished off with a fine sunset.
Today not so good, really do not know if I was out in the sun for too long but woke up at five with the old head in trouble. Tried the paracetamol but no good and we were in migraine territory by six, sick and pain all morning and pain most of the afternoon. Was on the point of calling work off but recovery kicked in just in time and although after a 5pm breakfast, shower a cycle up the road it was a “muggy” sort of shift. It was certainly worth the effort. Good smooth evening with the usual banter and food enjoyment. Although not too busy, dinning room used and waiting for tables in order. Did not stay late and as a result took a lot longer coming home as I could not take my eyes of another amazing sunset.
They are well into the north-west and setting over Lewis now. Went back out with Dougal to take a final shot. There is no saturation added to these shots, we just live in an amazing country.