Orkney Islands Council have unveiled a project to supply locally produced ‘green’ electrical power to the MV Hamnavoe NorthLink ferry while docked in Stromness. It is believed to be the first large commercial ship shore connection in the UK and is just one element of an overarching low carbon travel and transport project.
The proposed East Quay development is adjacent to the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, which is designated for bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins that utilise the SAC are the only known resident population of bottlenose dolphins in the North Sea.
Falmouth Harbour Commissioners have recently installed an array of 28 PV panels on their workshop roof. It is estimated the panels will produce 7280kWh per year. This has the potentially to save an estimated £30,000 in electricity bills over the next 20 years.