We were pipped at the post for the Best Community Project award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh on 30th November by a very worthy winner, West Harris Community Trust. They have a nice scheme which ticks so many boxes – it’s up and delivering tangible community benefits right now whereas we are only part way down the road. They have a small wind turbine coupled with solar panels which provide heat, light and power to a new community building, Talla na Mara, where community members engage in a whole range of activities. The prize category didn’t give marks for blood, sweat or tears, so we’ve no hard feelings! Being short-listed for the accolade before we have started delivering significant community benefits was a real achievement.
Despite missing that prize, Coigach was on the rostrum when Locogen won the Best Community Engagement award for their work with our community on Ben Mor Hydro, the hydro scheme on the Achavraie burn.
The event was excellent with a lot of useful networking which could serve us well in the future. Thanks go to HIE and Locogen for giving us places at their tables.