Paving the way for energy development: Stornoway Wind Farm accepts grid offer

Lewis Wind Power (LWP), developers of the Stornoway Wind Farm, has confirmed that it has accepted a grid offer from National Grid, helping boost the case for the delivery of the new Western Isles grid connection.

The Stornoway Wind Farm received consent from the Scottish Government for 36 turbines generating 130MW on the Isle of Lewis in September 2012, and since that time a significant amount of work has been carried out preparing the project for construction.

A key aspect of this further work has been an application to National Grid to connect to the grid, which was made by LWP in April 2013.

The acceptance and confirmation of the grid offer is an important part of the process towards realising the Stornoway Wind Farm.

However, the future benefits represented by the Stornoway Wind Farm and all other large renewable schemes on the Western Isles will only be realised if the proposed new subsea cable from Lewis to the mainland is secured.

John Buswell, Project Director for Lewis Wind Power said: “This is an important milestone for the Stornoway Wind Farm project and for the development of renewables in the Western Isles.

“The acceptance of the grid offer underlines our 130MW consented scheme as a major contributor to the economic case for the new subsea cable to the mainland.

“We will continue to work with the National Grid and Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Ltd, together with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, UK and Scottish governments, the regulator and other developers on the island to secure the new Western Isles grid connection.”