Stornoway wind farm welcomes community’s ideas

The plans to lay underground cabling were refused
The plans to lay underground cabling were refused

Stornoway Wind Farm recently held its second drop-in event to provide locals with an opportunity to contribute ideas on how community funding will be spent.

The event at Stornoway Town Hall saw huge enthusiasm for the wind farm project and an excellent exchange of ideas between around 80 locals and employees from Lewis Wind Power and the Stornoway Trust.

They discussed how best to spend funds arising from community benefit, as well as distribution of profits from the 20% community ownership of the proposed wind farm.

Following on from an initial drop-in event in March, the event demonstrates how the wind farm project is going from strength to strength, with further meetings and events being organised later in the year.

In the meantime, a quarterly newsletter has also been published to keep the local community up to date.

Commenting on the event, John Buswell, Stornoway Wind Farm Project Director, said: “Events like these provide us with an invaluable opportunity to hear from locals who will be positively impacted by the community fund.

“Benefiting from the millions of pounds over the lifetime of the wind farm project, it’s vital that locals have an opportunity to have a say.

“Lewis Wind Power are committed to developing the Stornoway Wind Farm and our activities on Lewis will increase over the coming years. We look forward to hearing more from locals at forthcoming events.”