It promises to provide unlimited clean, green energy to some of Scotland’s most remote communities while also generating much-needed cash for local projects. Hopes are growing that ambitious proposals for a £37 million community-owned windfarm on Lewis will make good progress after groups within the Stornoway Trust area started collaborating in talks to build seven turbines on the Arnish moor. They organised negotiations because massive costs to link into the electricity network ruled out their own individual plans. It is thought major savings can be gained by working together on a joint wind scheme close to the grid substation. The overarching issue is whether a subsea cable will be built between Lewis and the mainland, without which no new turbines can be built on the island. If successful, profits would be shared out amongst the community consortium, with a view to allocating a certain percentage of the funds for other local groups which were unable to join initially.
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