Response to Stornoway Wind Farm approval – Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP

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ENERGY Minister Fergus Ewing has approved the Stornoway Wind Farm, 1.5km west of Stornoway.

Planning consent has been granted for a wind farm which will generate 129.6 megawatts electricity, or enough to power 60,000 homes.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing 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.”

He continued: “I am particularly pleased that the developer was able to work with Scottish Natural Heritage and RSPB to develop proposals which allowed this wind farm to go ahead whilst minimising affects on Lewis’ important natural heritage.

“In consenting this application I have put in place a series of conditions to protect the outstanding natural habitat and landscapes and local communities.”