The government in Scotland has given an approval for the giant 129.6MW Wind Farm on the Isle of Lewis, a move that will consolidate Scotland's position as a leading wind hub in the world.
The new wind farm will be located 1.5km west of the town of Stornoway. The project is expected to provide enough energy to power 60,000 homes and it will also generate 40 million of contracts. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing expressed delight over the approval for the project.
He said that the project will not only give a boost to the local economy of the Western Isles, but also save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions. It will also contribute to the country's goal of meeting a target of generating 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020.
The authorities approved 36 wind turbines, as against 42 turbines that were originally proposed, due to concerns raised by the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) over the impact of some of the turbines on Lewis' Peatland Special Protection Area. The project will be developed by Lewis Wind Power Limited, which has worked with SNH and RSPB and addressed environmental concerns relating to the project.
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