Stornoway Wind Farm
The Stornoway Wind Farm would be located to the west of the town of Stornoway in an area close to the three existing wind farm sites.
The project has planning consent for up to 36 turbines and is sited on land owned by the Stornoway Trust, a publicly elected body which manages the Stornoway Trust Estate on behalf of the local community.
The local community stands to benefit in three different ways from the development:
- Community benefit payments currently estimated at £900,000 per annum, which would go to an independent trust to distribute to local projects and organisations
- Annual rental payments to local crofters and the Stornoway Trust - which we estimate could total more than £1.3m, depending on the CfD Strike Price secured and the wind farm’s energy output
- Through the proposed community shareholding to be taken by the joint venture being explored by the Stornoway Trust and Western Isles Council
Uisenis Wind Farm
Lewis Wind Power acquired the Uisenis Wind Farm project in 2016. It is located on the Eishken Estate in the south-east of the Isle of Lewis, with consent for up to 45 turbines.
The local community is already benefitting from payments made by the wind farm, and once built the project would deliver further local community benefit through:
- An established and active Local community benefit fund managed by the Muaitheabhal Wind Farm Community Trust which will receive a percentage of the wind farm's revenue
- The proposed community shareholding to be taken by the joint venture being explored by the Stornoway Trust and Western Isles Council
Lewis Wind Power is the developer of the Stornoway and Uisenis wind farms. Registered in Scotland, the company is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Wood.
EDF Renewables owns and operates 34 wind farms across the UK, as well as a battery storage unit. The company is part of EDF Energy, which produces 40% of Scotland’s electricity, employs more than 1,300 people in Scotland and supplies power to the country's local authorities, schools, public buildings and hospitals through a single contract awarded by the Scottish Government.
Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. Headquartered in Aberdeen, the company operates in more than 60 countries across oil and gas, chemicals, environment and infrastructure, power & process, clean energy, mining, nuclear and general industrial sectors. It has 4,900 employees based in Scotland.
LWP has been working with the Stornoway Trust and the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to progress renewable energy development on Lewis since 2003. To date the company has invested some £16m in the development of the two wind farm sites.
Lewis Wind Power is managed and run by employees of the two company partners, EDF Renewables and Wood. The team is based across a number of locations, including Stornoway, Edinburgh and Gateshead. Our community engagement team is based in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
Lewis Wind Power supports a number of local events and initiatives through our sponsorship programme.
‘The islands’ flagship event’, the Hebridean Celtic Festival or Hebcelt is an international Celtic music festival, which takes place annually in Stornoway on Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. LWP is sponsor of the Islands Stage and this year is sponsoring the Young People Programme, a celebration of the talented young musicians in the Outer Hebrides culminating in a headline spot during the 2018 festival. www.hebceltfest.com
The Lochs Show
Lewis Wind Power is sponsor of The Lochs Show the biggest event of its kind in the Western Isles. The show takes place each July in Laxay, Isle of Lewis, and is organised by the Lochs Agricultural Society. www.lochsshow.org.uk
Stramash is a non-profit, unincorporated, constituted volunteer community group which has a primary objective to promote music and performing arts in the Western Isles. Throughout the year, the Group offers many services free of charge to any musician, performing artist or any other community group in the Western Isles. www.facebook.com/stramashfestival/
Volunteer Week, The Volunteer Centre Western Isles
Lewis Wind Power was a key supporter of Volunteers Week 2018 with sponsorship of the Volunteer Centre Western Isles’ work to celebrate local volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. www.volunteercentrewi.org
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