The wind farm in Scotland should grow thanks to the Stornoway project carried by Lewis Wind Power having received the support of local authorities. However, on the Isle of Lewis as elsewhere in Scotland, the project is causing debate about the negative consequences it could have.
Wind farm in Scotland to create jobs
The wind farm in Scotland was due to expand since ministers approved the Stornoway project in 2012. At the time, there was no opposition to it. This week, local councillors will be asked to give their opinion at the request of the Scottish Government.
This project was initiated in 2011 by a subsidiary of Lewis Wind Power, itself a joint venture ofEDF Renewables and Wood. It includes the installation of 33 onshore turbines, the highest in the UK (156-180m). Once completed, the expected capacity is 184 MW, providing access to electricity for more than 230,000 households per year. It would create more than 208 jobs and is expected to generate £33 million for the local economy.
But a park harmful to the environment?
The Stornoway project could negatively impact biodiversity and create a nuisance for residents. In this sense, a recent report highlights the threat to certain bird species such as harriers.
Robin Reid, a conservation officer, sums up this dilemma. According to him, it is necessary to support the transition to renewable energies to fight against global warming. But these proposals must be located in “areas where they do not have a negative impact on wildlife.
In sum, this Scottish wind farm poses an interesting problem. How to develop renewable energies without threatening biodiversity?