I joined Community Energy Scotland in April 2023 as a graduate placement to assist with the Net Zero Living Orkney & Shetland projects, supporting a range of tasks including related literature reviews and creating subsequent reports on previous projects undertaken by CES and their partner organisations.
Whilst my background is in ecological studies, having earned a degree in zoology from Aberystwyth University, it was in the post-pandemic world I became more interested in finding practical solutions to the issues I saw the natural world was facing on a global scale. This led me to pursue a master’s degree in Marine Renewable Energy at Heriot-Watt’s International Centre for Island Technology in the Orkney Islands in 2021.
It was during my postgraduate studies that I was first introduced in detail to the idea of community energy, and how the various projects throughout Orkney and beyond have not only empowered communities to take ownership of their energy needs, but also to help ensure their continued existence in an increasingly uncertain future.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time living and studying in the Orkney Islands, and I’m delighted to not only be able to stay but to also work in an organisation that has secured the trust and friendship of countless communities throughout Scotland.
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