CREE (Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification)
After many years of working toward the installation of a sustainable energy generation system, Canna is now producing its electricity from wind and sun. Six 18 metre wind turbines and a photo voltaic array, which together are capable of generating 60kW of electricity, took over from the diesel generators in October 2018.
Very few houses these days do not have vehicular access but until June of 2018, the properties on Sanday only had vehicle access at low tide. A new 'all tides' road is now in place, which has transformed Sanday life. Huge thanks to everybody who helped with the funding of this project and to Finlay Crawford of Black Isle for all the hard work that went into the road.
Canna Community shop
In 2011 the community identified a need to develop a retail outlet to cater for increasing visitor numbers and the residents of Canna. The ruined building known as the Binder Shed was renovated with the help of EU LEADER funds, into the excellent facility that we now have. The shop is run on an honesty basis, and is managed by community volunteers with part time, paid work to keep it clean and stocked during the busiest months.
Canna Community Moorings
The availability of properly maintained moorings is a major asset to the visiting yachts who use Canna as a regular stop off point when travelling the West Coast of Scotland. In 2012 a successful application to the Big Lottery’s Village SOS fund enabled the positioning of 10 moorings. These were ready for use in 2012 and have been popular ever since.
Community Polytunnel and Vegetable Garden
These are available for community members to utilise.
One of the farm buildings is being transformed for community use. The Co-op local community fund is supporting the provision of a new wooden floor and funds are also in place to complete various lighting and heating needs. We hope to use the space for performance events as well as for meetings and community activities.
Our island development plan is being revised and updated. Working on the infrastructure has been our first priority and taken up our time. Better infrastructure will underpin any future increase in housing stock and provision of work space. A modest increase in residents and more overnight stay facilities for visitors would assist in the creation of a more sustainable community on Canna.