Launched in early 2015, the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme LCITP is a new working partnership between the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and sector specialists. It is aligned to the Scottish Government's commitment to the transition to the low carbon economy, and offers a range of support mechanisms.
The Programme aims to support the development of substantive private, public and community low-carbon projects across Scotland through the provision of development support, expert advice and funding.
The first project in the Highlands and Islands to benefit from support offered through the programme and are currently taking forward an ambitious local energy project are the West Harris Trust.
West Harris Renewables Ltd - established by the West Harris Trust to manage the project – is investigating in the installation of a new locally managed innovative green energy system. Work is underway to investigate the feasibility of installing an array of small scale wave energy units in the Sound of Taransay.
The wave energy generated through this initiative could power and increase the sustainability of the new community enterprise centre and social housing units which are also being developed at the site at Rubha Romagaidh in Horgabost. The wave energy will be integrated with a small wind generator and innovative storage devices to ensure that power can be supplied on a continuous basis to customers across the site.
This project will build capacity in the local community to support other similar island energy projects around the globe. This is an excellent opportunity for the region to be engaged in developing small scale marine renewable and to see benefits from this work flowing to the local community.