Community turbine generating around £90,000 a year for remote island
STV Local4 July 2012 16:26 BST
Turbine officer David McCormack added: “When it came the school kids were very much involved in the naming of it. Everyone knows when it came, they know how it functions and they know what an asset it is.”
Members of the Shapinsay lunch club are already benefitting. A lottery grant has funded a new community bus and out of hours ferry service, but the cash from whirly will run them.
Marjorie Kent, of the club, said: “On an island where there is no public transport, not even a taxi service, there are a few people still who don’t drive so this is relief.”
Shapinsay School is already making good use of the turbine income. The children have been on outdoor activity trips and there is the promise of a new community hub for the youngsters and the elderly on the island.
In such a remote community transport links are vital to retain the population and build on the tourist trade and the out of hours ferry aims to do just that.
The turbine is one of five community owned projects across the Orkney Islands and around a hundred in Scotland.
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