Scotland gives nod to Lewis Wind Power's 129.6-MW scheme
Sep 7, 2012 - Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said today the government had approved a 129.6-MW wind farm project proposed by British company Lewis Wind Power Ltd on the Scottish Isle of Lewis.
The initial proposal for the Stornoway project included 42 turbines, but the government consented only 36 after discussions with wildlife protection charity RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage on the installation's impact on the Lewis Peatlands Special Protection Area.
According to Ewing's statement, the wind farm will generate enough electricity to cover the demand of 60,000 local households.
The Energy Consents and Deployment Unit of the Scottish government is now reviewing two hydropower, four biomass and 36 onshore wind power project applications, each of above 50 MW.
In May 2011 the Scottish government announced that the country's 2020 renewable energy target had been raised to 100% from the previous 80%. By the end of the decade, the country intends to source from renewables as much power as it consumes.