Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing last week gave the go ahead to a 129.6 MW wind farm 1.5 km west of Stornoway.
The 36 turbine development, which will be built and operated by Lewis Wind Power Ltd – a joint venture between AMEC and EDF Energy, will generate enough energy to power 60,000 homes and be worth around £40 million for the local economy.
The Scottish Government says the development further strengthens the case for a subsea cable linking the Western Isles to the mainland. The subsea cable would open up the area for renewable energy development, both wind and marine.
“The Stornoway wind farm… will represent a significant boost to the economy of the Western Isles and create jobs during construction and in the longer term,” commented Ewing. “I am confident that the wind farm will provide great benefits to its local community and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand generated from renewable.”
Since 2007, the Scottish Government has consented 52 renewable energy applications, out of a total of 58, and is considering a further 42 renewables applications totalling around 50 MW of generating capacity.