Meet the Partners: Orkney Islands Council

20 October 2020 - Published by Deirdre Buist
Orkney Islands Council has significant experience in developing and coordinating energy poverty and energy efficiency projects. While EU financing for renewable energy sources and national funding may be limited due to the foreseeable economic recession after the COVID-19 crisis, our Stronghouse partner in the Scottish Orkneys has proved that a small community can be great when combating energy poverty.


Orkney is at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution with projects around hydrogen, smart electricity networks, generation of renewable fuels and energy efficiency.

Responsible Island Award

The Orkney Islands have been home to renewable energy innovation for more than 60 years. They recently came third in The Responsible Islands Prize, awarded by the European Commission to islands making real steps towards building proper sustainable communities and recognising achievements in local renewable energy production.Their success results from the percentage of renewable electricity produced by innovative energy technologies locally, environmental and socio-economic sustainability and community involvement.


European collaboration

The journey towards a more sustainable energy future has always been shaped and strongly supported by European influence and collaborations.The Stronghouse consortium is keen to profit from their experience in energy poverty and energy efficiency projects, and to jointly develop and pilot new initiatives for a better understanding of the drivers that motivate homeowners, including the financial and technical possibilities. Together with our partners from the Robert Gordon University, for instance, the Orkney Islands Council will work on an App/web-based tool and link this to other Stronghouse digital tools.

Contact for Stronghouse:

Luke Fraser, Orkney Islands Council,

Read more about the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum (OREF)