Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Project : Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal – A Year of Coasts and Waters case study

Submitted by LUC

LUC supported the consenting of the Canna community renewable electricity system In 2016 LUC was appointed by Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Ltd. (CREEL) to undertake a Landscape and Visual Appraisal to support the planning application for a community-owned renewable electricity system. The system includes six wind turbines, solar PV cells, and battery storage technologies all sited on the island, which is owned by the National Trust and is within the Small Isles National Scenic Area (NSA).

Thanks to the help from LUC’s expert landscape planners and visualisation professionals, experienced in undertaking appraisals in sensitive and highly valued landscapes and seascapes, the project gained planning permission in 2017 and is now in operation. With the ability to supply the Inner Hebridean island and its neighbouring tidal island Sanday with up to 98% renewable energy, the system has reduced the need for power to be supplied by expensive and polluting diesel generators. All profits from the sale of electricity used by Canna residents are reinvested back into running and maintaining the system.

The success of the system and its ability to become a template for other island and isolated coastal communities was recognised at the 2019 Scottish Green Energy Awards, with the project winning the Best Community Project Award.

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