Today (Friday 19th) saw the opening of the first community owned revenue generating wind turbine in the Western Isles.
‘Cuibhle an Fhortain’ (The Wheel of Fortune) is the fisrt of it’s kind on the island and is in the village of Shawbost.
Energy generated by the turbine will be sold into the National Grid through the Feed-in Tariff scheme, and will provide an estimated £80,000 annually for the local community, which consists of 70 households on the western side of the Isle of Lewis.
Funds will be distributed by the Horshader Development Trust in accordance with the community’s wishes. A community consultation day is to be held later this month. Ideas currently under discussion include investment in facilities for the area’s young people and transport links for the remote community.
Two pipers lead the community and attendees up to the turbine, where it was officially opened by the widows of two directors of the trust who passed away before the project was completed.
A ceilidh will be held tonight from 7pm and a buffet will be provided.