Exhibition of community wind farm

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The UK’s largest community wind farm was completed on Lewis last month and this week the first turbine started to generate energy.

This latest milestone for Point and Sandwick Power means that they are now on their way to creating profit from the project at Beinn Ghideag to be invested in the local community.

To mark the end of the construction period, the team are holding an exhibition in Martin’s Memorial Church Hall on Thursday June 11th from 10am to 4pm.

This will be an opportunity for the community to see the construction timeline in a pictorial display and to meet representatives from Point and Sandwick Power to talk about any aspect of the project.

Calum Macdonald, Development manager of Point and Sandwick Power said: “This is a great achievement by the community in Point and Sandwick and especially by the crofting shareholders of Sandwick North St who showed their faith and commitment to the vision we had 10 years ago.

“I fully expect that this will encourage and inspire other communities and Grazings committees to go on to build even bigger community owned wind farms in the next few years.

“We have a colossal opportunity to make our islands one of the most prosperous parts of the UK but it can only be done through delivering 100% community ownership of these assets.”

DJ MacSween, general manager of the charity, Point and Sandwick trust, said: “With the three community turbines now installed we can look forward to receiving the first income into the Trust by December this year.

“We have a detailed community investment plan and we look forward to delivering that over the next five years.

Developed by Point and Sandwick Development Trust, the 9MW project will is made up of three 3MW Enercon wind turbines.

The wind farm is expected to generate more than £36 million for the community over a 25 year lifetime, by selling power to the grid and returning all the profit to the local community.