In the Scottish Highlands and Islands, isolated geography, the rise of community buy-outs and growing support for sustainability initiatives have all seen the emergence of health and energy initiatives that aspire to ideals of community ownership, sustainability and autonomy.  

Off grid energy systems on the Isle of Eigg and the Knoydart peninsular have become high profile models of community owned and managed infrastructures, attracting tourists, journalists, writers and academics. Meanwhile, the Highlands and Islands have become important testing grounds for new government initiatives in decentralized health care and community resilience, such as the Scottish Ambulance Service ‘first responders’ programme. We examined what meanings and significance off the grid infrastructures take on when being off grid becomes a positive value and something to aspire to.  

What relationships make it possible to live off the grid?

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