Communities monitor their renewable energy systems from home

Community Energy Scotland, in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) and  Lews Castle College commissioned The Pure Energy® Centre, the pure® fuel, renewable energy and energy storage company, to complete the installation of remote monitoring systems at 28 renewable energy generation sites in the Western Isles.

The monitoring systems have been installed to enable some of the most remote communities in the country to have live access to their renewable energy data from home.

The Pure Energy® Centre finalised the remote monitoring system installations, the length and breadth of the Western Isles during an intensive three week period. Some of the systems use the latest telecommunication technologies that transmit data via GPRS mobile phones and others via the internet.

This cutting edge project, which has been driven by Community Energy Scotland, CnES and Lews Castle College, will see many communities of the Western Isles accessing data from their renewable generation systems from home. Elizabeth Johnson, Business Development Manager of the Pure Energy® Centre said: “Remote control and monitoring of renewables has become a must for any wind, solar, hydro or other renewable project. We are very pleased to have successfully finalised the installation of 28 monitoring system in some of the more remote areas in the country. This is especially pleasing that the monitoring systems have been installed for and on behalf of many community groups. The Pure Energy Centre was set up using expertise developed within a community project and it is good to be able to give something back to communities”.

Kathleen MacDonald, from Community Energy Scotland - a Scottish charity which assists communities in developing their own renewable energy projects - said: “Remote monitoring of renewable systems plays an important role in defining the overall impact that a renewable system has on a community project. We are pleased that this project is a success and are looking forward to monitoring the 28 renewable sites from our base”.

Jennifer Ramsay, from Community Energy Scotland added: “The data we will receive from the installed remote monitoring systems will not only allow us to monitor the 28 sites, but could also allow us to devise a predictive maintenance. Currently these community organisations operate preventive maintenance schedules and we feel that predictive maintenance using data gathered from this project could provide many more benefits to the communities.”