Meet the Helping It Happen finalists: Iver Salvesen Green Business Award
Our Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony & Dinner takes place in less than a weeks’ time, so we are taking a closer look at each of the finalists in our nine diverse categories here on our blog. The standard of nominees was extremely high this year and our finalists are certainly leading the way in enabling and supporting success in rural areas.
Here’s a little more about the stories behind the finalists in the Iver Salvesen Green Business category.
ALIenergy is pioneering the integration of renewable electricity generation with variable useful loads to give added value to local communities and develop rural industry. ALIenergy were aware of the biomass and renewable energy technologies deployed on the Ardnamurchan Estate, but also the frustrations felt as further developments could not progress due to local electricity grid constraints. The ASLEE-ENBIO concept was created to over come these issues and create multiple additional local benefits.
With over 90 inches of rain failing on Ardtornish each year, Ardtornish Estate has taken the opportunity to create clean, green energy in a way which doesn’t damage the environment. The electricity they produce from the cascade system of three independent hydro systems, is sold to the national grid. This provides Ardtornish with the income needed to help carry out the management of the estate, and customers with a supply of clean green energy.
Lochrosque and Kinlochewe Estates
At Lochrosque and Kinlochewe Estates, integrated land management is key to creating a diverse habitat for flora and fauna to thrive. They run 1,200 North Country Cheviots and 40 Luing Cows on the high hills in the summer months. They also have salmon fishing, a small number of grouse, hinds and stags on the hill, and we let houses to tourists and country sports enthusiasts. Additional investments in green energy and native woodland reintroduction projects not only contribute to the Scottish Government’s climate change targets, but also improve their capacity for a variety of wildlife.