The Stornoway Trust is working with the community to develop plans for the use of the income they will receive from the construction and operation of a wind farm on their land.
A number of drop in events were held in 2016 and the project team were on hand to discuss Community Benefits with local residents.
A number of great ideas were generated from across all parts of the community, the project team are analysing the responses and will be engaging with the community in due course to further refine these.
Please contact David Morrison if you are interested in this particular aspect.
There will be many opportunities for job creation throughout the lifetime of the project. During the construction phase alone, £48 million of materials and labour are predicted to be sourced within the Western Isles. This phase could also support 196 jobs in the Western Isles and a further 596 (direct, indirect and induced) across Scotland. Over and above the predicted job creation during construction there will be further jobs to support the maintenance of the turbines and associated infrastructure such as cables, electrical gear, access roads and drainage systems throughout the wind farm’s operational lifetime.
It is expected that the Stornoway Wind Farm would have a capital cost in the region of £225 million with a considerable proportion injected into local supply chains.
We are seeking to develop ways of maximising local income from the project, throughout all of its stages. So if you have a local business, please let us know about your services and capabilities. We will be looking at ways that locally based companies can access supply chain opportunities, including accommodation opportunities.
We particularly welcome hearing about your business so that we can include you in our plans and make us aware of what is available locally.
Scotland has set some of the most demanding carbon reduction targets in the world; CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 80% by 2050. Renewable energy uses the planet’s sustainable resources to provide a low carbon solution to energy generation, producing carbon savings when compared to fossil fuel based technologies such as coal and oil fired power stations and petrol consuming cars. We predict that the carbon saving for this project over its 25 year lifetime is likely to be in the order of 6,250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and over 90,000 homes will be able to be powered.
You can find out more about how island wind power will benefit local communities and the wider economy on the EDF Energy website.