Stornoway wind farm will be located on the Isle of Lewis, part of the Scottish Hebrides Islands. The news of the go-ahead must be particularly sweet for project developers Lewis Wind Power, since they have been undergoing negotiations for 10 years to hear it.
The reason for the decade long process was in part due to wildlife concerns raised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) over potential damage to the habitats of bird species. The two mentioned parties withdrew their objection when Lewis Wind Power agreed to remove the 6 turbines that would impact most upon the area’s wildlife. This decision took the original forty two turbine plan down to thirty six.
Despite the downsize, the Stornoway could still generate enough electricity to serve the needs of up to 60,00 Scottish homes.