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.Find out more about us and our projects
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
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.
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.
|2010||Public exhibitions and meetings commence for Stornoway Wind Farm|
|2012||Stornoway Wind Farm consented|
|2015||Application for variation to consent to increase size and capacity of project|
|2016||Variation to consent granted|
|LWP acquires Uisenis Wind Farm|
|2017||UK Government commits to allowing ‘Remote Islands Wind’ projects to bid for Contracts for Difference|
|2018||Lewis 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|
|2019||Next auction for Contracts for Difference|
If LWP projects are successful in auction:
|Autumn 2019||Energy 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-2020||SSE starts work on delivery of interconnector|
|Early-2024||Uisenis 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