Sunday, June 16, 2013

£1m windfall for Isle of Lewis

The Point and Sandwick Development Trust has clinched £999,718 from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland to help develop the 9MW Beinn Ghrideag wind farm on the Isle of Lewis.
The facility will feature three Enercon turbines and be the largest community wind project in the UK. It is expected to generate more than £36m over its 25-year lifetime by selling power back to the grid, with cash ploughed back into the community.
The backing was provided through the Growing Community Assets scheme and will pay for a portion of the initial capital costs and fees associated with installation.
Big Lottery Fund Scotland director Jackie Killeen said: “This project is about power but not just electricity. With the development of this wind farm the Point and Sandwick Development Trust is now powerfully enabled to shape its own future and offer much needed services to those living remotely on the Isle of Lewis thanks to the revenue this wind farm will bring.”
Point & Sandwick Development Trust chairman Donald McSween added: “The funding means a quiet revolution can now take place in our community. We will be able to provide jobs, training and amenities so we can give our young people more reasons to stay, live, work and prosper in the community where they were born.”
Image: Beinn Ghrideag on the Isle of Lewis will be the largest community wind farm in the UK (Holiday Scotland)