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Guest: Becca Long

Becca Long is Development Manager for the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust. Since 2017, she has coordinated and managed the Eigg timber harvesting operation; helped restructure the on-island woodfuel enterprise; and overseen the £3m redevelopment and expansion of An Laimhrig (Eigg’s Community Hub) to completion. Previously, she worked at a financial services consultancy. She continues to work on affordable housing and supporting Eigg’s decarbonization efforts.

Becca Long is featured in:

[Episode #212] – Transition in Eigg

Twenty-six years ago, on a wee island with just 65 residents off the west coast of Scotland, the seeds of a fascinating energy transition project were planted. That began a long process which ultimately made it possible for the island’s inhabitants to become the world’s first community to launch an off-grid electric system powered by wind, water and solar.

In the Autumn of 2023, Chris traveled to that island—the Isle of Eigg—to see it for himself, and interview some of the key people who were involved in making it happen. You’ll learn all about how it happened and what the island’s residents plan to do next in their pursuit of greater self-determination and self-sufficiency.

This is our second show in the new, place-based format we piloted in Episodes #186 and #187. Instead of exploring a particular topic with one guest who has a noncommercial perspective, as most of our shows have done so far, this new format aims to tell the stories about how the energy transition is proceeding in some of the places Chris is visiting in his ongoing travels as a peripatetic podcaster. There will be more episodes in this format to come, and we hope you enjoy them.

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