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The Isle of Eigg in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, shows what is possible when communities pull together. Following a community buyout of the island, the islanders decided in 1998 to go green. Prior to that the island had no mains electric, each house had their own diesel generator for power. The island invested in four wind turbines, three hydro projects and two arrays of solar panels. Between them they meet all the islands electricity needs for 98% of the time, with diesel generators kicking in automatically if needed. Each house is only allowed to use 5Kw at any one time, which avoids spikes in demand. Eigg electric, the islands electric company, administers the whole system.