Two centuries after Michael Faraday invented the electric motor and almost 100 years since Stanley Baldwin established the national grid, Britain’s most remote community will finally plug in to a 24-hour electricity supply this autumn. On Fair Isle, 25 miles south of Shetland, all 55 inhabitants will discover the simple pleasures of instant hot water at any time, thanks to clever use of renewable technology. For a low-lying windswept island, adrift between the North Sea and the Atlantic, such comforts are not to be sniffed at. The prospect of keeping the heating on overnight arrives courtesy of a £2.65 million electricity supply scheme comprising three wind turbines, a solar array and battery storage, combined in a new high-voltage network across the island. The technology could even herald a new era of growth for a community that has lived on the brink for centuries, according to Robert Mitchell, director of the Fair Isle Electricity Company.
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