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Scottish Government Approves Stornoway Wind Farm

10 Sept 2012 

The Scottish Government has officially approved and granted planning consent for the Stornoway Wind Farm project. The 36-turbine wind farm capable of generating almost 130 megawatts electricity, enough to power 60,000 homes will be located less than a mile west of Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis.

The project is being developed and run by Lewis Wind Power. This is a joint venture between AMEC and EDF Energy and they are working in partnership with the Stornoway Trust, the community owned trust, which owns the site that has been chosen for the Stornoway Wind Farm.

Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister responsible for the approval of the site said:
“I’m delighted to consent the Stornoway wind farm, which will represent a significant boost to the economy of the Western Isles and create jobs during construction and in the longer term. Once it is up and running the wind farm will save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and will produce enough electricity to power more than 60,000 homes.

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 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables.

I am particularly pleased that the developer was able to work with SNH and RSPB to develop proposals which allowed this wind farm to go ahead whilst minimising effects on Lewis’ important natural heritage. In consenting this application I have put in place a series of conditions to protect the outstanding natural habitats and landscapes and local communities.”

The original application had 42 turbines, faced obstacles when the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage raised concerns about the potential impact on the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area. The developer worked with these groups to find a solution and Mr Ewing withheld consent for the 6 turbines which would impact most on the area.

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.”