Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing has today given the go-ahead for a 130MW onshore wind farm on the Scottish island of Lewis.
The new 36 turbine wind farm is 1.5km west of Stornoway. Developer Lewis Wind Power will now spend the next 12 months selecting a wind turbine manufacturer and reaching financial close on the project. Construction will begin following the financial close.
Lewis originally wanted to construct 42 turbines but this was scaled down to 36 following objections from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Once constructed the wind farm will have the potential to generate enough power for 90,000 homes.