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Theme 10 A greener future

Exploration of innovative ways to power vehicles from renewable sources is a top priority in this theme. The development of greater community benefit from renewable energy is also a feature. However, the enhancement of habitat networks and the enjoyment and celebration of the natural heritage are equally important within this theme.

A list of actions of the Development and Action Plan gives more details of the actions identified and those being carried out.

Current projects

Wild North Festival
A pilot festival to celebrate and promote the rich natural heritage of the north highlands is due to be held from 29 September to 14 October 2012. The Sutherland Partnership is a member of the project steering group and the aim is to establish an annual festival.

Golspie Community Power
Golspie Community Power secured funding to appoint a Development Officer in 2011 and work is progressing to develop a small scale hydro scheme at the Big Burn.

Peatlands Project
A multi-million pound project is being planned to restore and conserve the peatland habitat of the Flows. As well as conservation the project will create a world class visitor attraction providing information on the peatlands, the species that flourish there and the importance of peat as a carbon sink.


The Energy Saving Scotland advice centre Highlands and Islands is offering property owners in the Dornoch and Ardgay areas the chance to join the home renewables revolution by making the most of its free impartial advice service. Interested householders can speak to qualified energy advisors, find out about renewable energy systems, book a free home visit and receive a free home renewables energy report.
For more information call: 0800 512 012 or see the above link.

Pentland Energy Advice
Provide a range of services across the north to householders and businesses on ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.

Scottish Governments Home Energy Scotland Campaign
Householders can access assistance to help make their homes warmer such as insulation, new heating systems and energy advice by calling free on 0800 512 012.

Useful links

Energy Saving Trust

Natural Scotland - Greener Scotland

If you would like further information or would like to comment on the Development and Action Plan please contact Fiona Mackenzie, Development Officer on 01549 402 646 or at