Lewis Wind Power is the developer of the proposed Stornoway and Uisenis wind farms, projects designed to harness the incredible wind resource on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

The two developments would deliver competitive, low cost power for consumers across Great Britain, and also create significant economic opportunities on the islands.

The projects are central to the delivery of the proposed interconnector with the mainland and to the development of onshore wind power on Lewis, which it is estimated could generate several hundred local jobs and add up to £33m annually to the local economy.

The company has been working closely with community landowner the Stornoway Trust for many years, and is also now working with the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to ensure a significant community stake in both of the projects to ensure that local people benefit directly from the two schemes.

To find out more, please get in touch.

Who We Are

Lewis Wind Power (LWP) is the developer of the Stornoway and Uisenis Wind Farms on the Isle of Lewis.

LWP has been working with the Stornoway Trust and the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to progress renewable energy development on Lewis since 2003.

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News

Lewis Wind Power to hold public exhibition on Stornoway Wind Farm project

October 1, 2018

Consultation event to be held on 10th and 11th October Lewis Wind Power (LWP) will be holding a public exhibition…read more

Lewis Wind Power Comment on Submission of Needs Case for Western Isles Transmission Link

August 30, 2018

Commenting on Scottish and Southern Electricity Network’s submission of the needs case for the Western Isles transmission link, Will Collins,…read more

Lewis Wind Power opens new office in Stornoway

January 31, 2018

Champion mountain-biker takes community liaison role Lewis Wind Power has opened a new office in Stornoway so that people can…read more

Project Benefits

Community Ownership

Lewis Wind Power is working closely with the Stornoway Trust, the local community landowner, and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, as they seek to develop a joint venture to buy into LWP’s two projects. The ownership stakes on offer would make this new body one of the largest community owners of renewable power anywhere in the UK.

Community Benefit Payments

The Stornoway and Uisenis Wind Farms would each pay significant sums every year to local trusts to distribute to local projects and organisations.

Rental Payments

Stornoway Wind Farm would pay an annual commercial rent to the Stornoway Trust and also make payments to each of the grazings on which the wind farm would be built.

Delivery of the Interconnector with the Mainland

No further onshore wind development can take place on Lewis as the electricity network is at full capacity. Scottish and Southern Energy Networks submitted a fresh needs case for a 600MW interconnector to Ofgem in August 2018, stating that the case for the connection proposed was predicated on the success of LWP’s two projects in next year’s auction for Contracts for Difference.

Employment and Wider Economic Development

BVG Associates estimates that 600 people would be employed on the delivery of LWP’s two wind farms and the interconnector to the mainland at the peak of construction activity. Longer term, the scale of development unlocked by the interconnector could add up to £33m a year to the local economy, and support several hundred jobs on an ongoing basis.

Development Timeline

Development Timeline
2010Public exhibitions and meetings commence for Stornoway Wind Farm
2012Stornoway Wind Farm consented
2015Application for variation to consent to increase size and capacity of project
2016Variation to consent granted
LWP acquires Uisenis Wind Farm
2017UK Government commits to allowing ‘Remote Islands Wind’ projects to bid for Contracts for Difference
2018Lewis Wind Power office opening
Government announces timetable and budget for Contract for Difference auction
LWP commences scoping exercise at Stornoway Wind Farm to look at the potential to use larger turbines and revise the layout of the project to improve its competitiveness
2019Next auction for Contracts for Difference

If LWP projects are successful in auction:
Autumn 2019Energy regulator Ofgem makes formal decision on investment in new interconnector between Lewis and the mainland
LWP starts procurement processes for the Uisenis and Stornoway wind farms
Mid-2020SSE starts work on delivery of interconnector
Late-2023Interconnector complete
Early-2024Uisenis and Stornoway Wind Farms start generating

Please get in touch to find out more about our projects and LWP

In person, by dropping into our Stornoway office:
Lewis Wind Power
9 Harbour View
Cromwell Street Quay
Stornoway
HS1 2DF

By phone:
01851 605063

By email:
info@lwp.scot