Stornoway Wind Farm submits grid application

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LEWIS Wind Power announces today (Tuesday, May 14th) that a major milestone in the development of The Stornoway Wind Farm has been reached with the recent submission of a grid application to the National Grid for the project.

This application supports the work done by National Grid and Scottish Hydro Electric to deliver a new grid link to the Western Isles and demonstrates Lewis Wind Power’s commitment to delivering the Stornoway Wind Farm.

John Buswell, Project Director for Lewis Wind Power said: “This grid application is not only a milestone for the Stornoway Wind Farm; it is also a hugely significant step in the wider development of renewables in the Western Isles.

“It further demonstrates our commitment to fulfill the planning conditions, set out in the planning consent, and to get the project ready for construction.”

He continued: “Our grid application strengthens the case for delivery of the proposed Western Isles grid link as soon as possible.

“If the grid link is not secured the significant renewable energy potential of the Western Isles and the associated economic and community benefits would not be delivered.”

The planning application for the Stornoway Wind Farm received consent for 36 turbines, generating 130MW on the Isle of Lewis, in 2012.

And it is expected that Lewis Wind Power will receive a connection offer from National Grid in the summer of 2013.

Mr Buswell added: “The Stornoway Wind Farm in itself could create around 200 jobs in the Western Isles during construction as well other significant opportunities for the local economy.”