UNVEILING OF PLAQUE

September 7 → 12:00 pm12:15 pm

Kirkwall Power Station, Junction Road, Kirkwall

Kirkwall Power station photo: © Copyright Derek Mayes- Geograph

It’s 100 years since Kirkwall Town Council took the initiative to bring mains power to the town. The subsequent decades saw the establishment of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board which built the power station of today and gradually extended the electric network around the islands. The vital work of keeping the power going through all weathers, from the machinery in the station to the hydro poles in sometimes hurricane-force winds or drifting snow, has been respected and appreciated by the whole community.

Today, with the Orkney grid carrying electricity from a mix of sources, local and national, and the Kirkwall power station providing back-up in standby mode, the achievements of 100 years are marked by the unveiling of a plaque funded by Orkney Heritage Society and supported by Orkney Renewable Energy Forum. Everyone is warmly welcome.

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