Lewis Wind Power welcomes the Scottish Government’s decision to grant approval for the 130 MW Stornoway Wind Farm project. The consented wind farm will comprise of 36 turbines, enough to generate the electricity needs of 90,000 homes and save about 250,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The socio-economic assessment estimates that £48 million of materials and labor are predicted to be sourced within the Western Isles during the construction phase. This includes the BiFab yard at Arnish which is expected to construct the project’s towers. The construction phase will also support 196 jobs in the Western Isles and a further 181 in the rest of Scotland.
The project is critically important for the future development of renewables in the Western Isles, supporting the delivery of a HVDC interconnector that will enable future generations of wave and tidal projects to be realized.
The benefits to the local economy will complement the benefits that will be realized by the local community. The Stornoway Trust has an option to take a 20% share of the wind farm. The Stornoway Trust will establish a community trust that will be able to direct the funds they receive from the wind farm in order to best meet local needs, ensuring a lasting legacy from the project. The wind farm will have a lifespan of approximately 25 years.
The project has also enjoyed significant support from local people as well as the unanimous support of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Feedback from statutory consultees has also been incorporated into the final design so that the impact on the local environment and protected species is minimized.
Commenting on the positive decision by Scottish Ministers, Ron Peddie, Project Director for Lewis Wind Power said:
“We are absolutely delighted by the Scottish Government’s decision to grant approval to the Stornoway Wind Farm.
“From the very beginning we have sought to develop a wind farm based on the wishes of the local community. The development team is particularly pleased by the support shown by the public throughout the consultation process and we are confident that they will be pleased when the final wind farm is constructed.
“The investment represented by the Stornoway Wind Farm is significant and wherever possible we will seek to use the local supply chain in order to maximize the social and economic benefits for the islanders.
“We look forward to working with the local community as we move towards the next phase of development.”