COUNCILLOR Angus Campbell, Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, commenting on the Scottish Government decision to consent the 36 turbine Stornoway Wind Farm, said: “This is excellent news for the Outer Hebrides and for Scotland.
“The Comhairle fully supports this development which will provide significant economic benefits to the Outer Hebrides.
“The Stornoway Wind Farm will provide a multi-million pound cash investment into the economy of the Islands providing much needed employment whilst contributing to the fight against climate change. This consent now confirms the Outer Hebrides as a major producer of renewable energy.
“It will be excellent to see the project moving into the implementation phase at the earliest opportunity and I look forward to engagement between the Stornoway Wind Farm and the local business sector to ensure that as much of the contract value as possible is captured in the Outer Hebrides.”
He continued: “It is important to us now to ensure that the maximum community benefit is secured for the Outer Hebrides and that the community takes forward the option for a 20% share in the Wind Farm which will provide significant revenue for the Islands over the 25 year lifetime of the project.
“I would like to thank the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, who has been extremely helpful in this process. The Scottish Government should also be commended for dealing with this application speedily and within the target time.
“The issue of transmission charges remains one that we and the Scottish Government will continue to work on to secure fair charges.”