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Stornoway wind farm granted approval after number of turbines reduced

RSPB and SNH withdrew their objections to the proposal when the developer reduced the number of turbines from 42. RSPB had voiced concerns they would have an impact on the population of protected golden eagles.

A controversial wind farm on Lewis has been given the green light by the Scottish Government.

• Wind farm passed after developer agreed to drop turbines from 42 to 36
• Construction of wind farm expected to bring 48 million to Western Isles economy
• RSPB had raised concerns over impact of wind farm on bird population

Lewis Wind Power has welcomed the decision to grant approval for the 130MW Stornoway Wind Farm project.

The consented wind farm will comprise of 36 turbines, enough to generate the electricity needs of 90,000 homes and save about 250,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

RSPB and SNH withdrew their objections to the proposal when the developer reduced the number of turbines from 42.

RSPB had voiced concerns they would have an impact on the population of protected golden eagles.

The Stornoway Wind Farm project is being driven forward by Lewis Wind Power in partnership with the Stornoway Trust.

Lewis Wind Power is a joint venture between AMEC and EDF Energy.

The socio-economic assessment estimates that 48 million of materials and labour are predicted to be sourced within the Western Isles during the construction phase.

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A controversial wind farm on Lewis has been given the green light by the Scottish Government.

• Wind farm passed after developer agreed to drop turbines from 42 to 36
• Construction of wind farm expected to bring £48 million to Western Isles economy
• RSPB had raised concerns over impact of wind farm on bird population

Lewis Wind Power has welcomed the decision to grant approval for the 130MW Stornoway Wind Farm project.

The consented wind farm will comprise of 36 turbines, enough to generate the electricity needs of 90,000 homes and save about 250,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

RSPB and SNH withdrew their objections to the proposal when the developer reduced the number of turbines from 42.

RSPB had voiced concerns they would have an impact on the population of protected golden eagles.

The Stornoway Wind Farm project is being driven forward by Lewis Wind Power in partnership with the Stornoway Trust.

Lewis Wind Power is a joint venture between AMEC and EDF Energy.

The socio-economic assessment estimates that £48 million of materials and labour are predicted to be sourced within the Western Isles during the construction phase.

This includes the BiFab yard at Arnish which is expected to construct the project's towers. The construction phase will also support 196 jobs in the Western Isles and a further 181 in the rest of Scotland.

The developer says the project is critically important for the future development of renewables in the Western Isles, supporting the delivery of a HVDC interconnector that will enable future generations of wave and tidal projects to be realised.


Source: http://www.scotsman.com/new...

SEP 7 2012
https://www.windaction.org/posts/34821-stornoway-wind-farm-granted-approval-after-number-of-turbines-reduced
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