Left to right - Matt Bruce, TIG Board Member, Holly Magee, Project Administrator, Sally Reynolds, Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh Development Manager, Agnes Rennie, Chair of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, Kenneth Maclennan, Chair of Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh, Lisa Maclean, Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn Development Manager, Amy Kapherr-Diament, Project Officer, Finlay MacLennan, Project Officer

An exciting new partnership project is ready to launch this summer, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund.

The project partners are community landowning trusts Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn and Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh working with local energy experts Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) who will deliver the project by supporting households within the two estates to take practical steps to become more energy efficient.

The aim of this project is to reduce carbon emissions across both estate areas, by providing householders with information and knowledge as well as encouraging them to save money through behavioural change.  

Whilst carrying out home visits and as well as replacing older, inefficient bulbs with efficient LED bulbs, households will also benefit from tailored energy efficiency, tariff and switching advice alongside referrals to partner agencies. 

A project team have been employed by TIG and the first project meeting has been held. It is hoped the roll out of the initiative will be underway from June. The next 10 months will see over 2,000 LED lightbulbs put in place, many homes will have Energy Performance Certificate (EPCs) completed and it is hoped there will be some impact on the extremely high fuel poverty figure for the Western Isles as a whole.