Choosing the Location
Our initial analysis of feasible schemes made use of the findings of a report prepared by consultants, Halcrow Group. Entitled ‘Economic and Community Benefit Study, Final Report’, it was produced in January 2009 for the Scottish Government with the following key aim:
“to help the Western Isles to deliver economic and community benefit by identifying renewable energy potential, including the role for different scales of energy generation compatible with environmental obligations.”
Part of the Halcrow Report conclusions state:
“It is our view that up to 150 MW of installed capacity could be developed in this area without impacting on (the) integrity of environmental designations, although further assessment is still required to confirm the scale of permissible development, particularly in relation to the collision risk with red throated divers.”
Involved in the study that resulted in this report were the key public bodies with economic and environmental responsibilities, namely:
- Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency
- The Scottish Government
- Scottish Natural Heritage
Lewis Wind Power submitted a Planning Application and Environmental Statement to the Scottish Government in June 2011. An Addendum to the Environmental Statement was then submitted in January 2012. Planning Consent was granted by the Scottish Government in September 2012, and you can download the decision letter below.
Our chosen location for the project is consistent with the recommendations of The Halcrow Report. The proposed site lies outwith the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area (SPA), the Lewis Peatlands Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Ramsar site.
We have looked closely at the natural environment so that our final solution is in harmony with the landscape, its wildlife and flora.
The following video provides an insight into the windfarm location and how it will look as you drive through Stornoway:
Finally we have just launched our first newsletter to keep you up-to-date with developments on the wind farm site as we proceed to discharge the planning conditions. See below for the link to the Autumn 2013 edition.