Community renewable energy scheme

More than £20 million is set to be generated over the next two decades from the Storas Uibhist Trust, in the UK’s largest community wind farm project, according to those backing the scheme.

More than £10 million has been secured for the project on South Uist that plans to erect three 2.3 megawatt turbines. Including £8 million financing from the Co-operative Bank.

The renewable energy scheme, which will see the turbines installed by August, will reinvest money raised from the turbines into community to boost tourism, leisure and port facilities and to help improve local businesses.

Angus MacMillan, chairman of Storas Uibhist, said: “This project has always been about generating income to reinvest to the local community for the benefit of the people who live on the islands of Eriskay, Benbecula and South Uist.

“We are now looking to the future when Storas Uibhist, in partnership with other local organisations, can make the best use of this revenue and the people of this estate can take their future into their own hands and transform these islands into a vibrant and growing place to live and work.

“This could only have happened with community ownership and demonstrates that when communities can manage their own assets, they are able to transform their futures.”