Nearly 200 construction jobs could be supported in the islands if the Stornoway Wind Farm gets the green light from the Scottish Government, it is claimed.
A planning application has been submitted today (Thursday) with a decision expected in the Spring next year.
A socio-economic assessment of the plans for the 42 turbine wind farm, capable of producing up to 151MW of energy, found that the construction phase could directly support 196 jobs in the Western Isles and a further 181 in the rest of Scotland, mostly associated with engineering, construction and manufacturing.
Lewis Wind Power has also made a commitment to put out packages of work in a way that would offer local firms the best chance of securing it..
In total, it is estimated that over 790 jobs could be created during the construction and operation of the farm with around 240 of these being based in the islands.
A further 25 jobs could be supported as a consequence of the community fund, lease payments and compensatory payments to crofters. On top of this £48 million of materials and labour are predicted to be sourced within the islands during the construction phase.
Ron Peddie, Project Director for Lewis Wind Power said the proposal could play a ‘vital role in unlocking the renewables potential of the Western Isles’ and ‘form an integral part of the case for a subsea interconnector.’
He said: “During the development process we have committed to supporting jobs and purchasing local goods and services and we will continue to do so if our project receives consent.”
Read more in this week’s Stornoway Gazette.