Lewis Wind Power has opened a new office in Stornoway so that people can drop in
and talk to employees about its two proposed wind farms.
The opening follows the appointment of champion mountain biker Kerry MacPhee to look
after community liaison for the projects. She joins stakeholder relations manager
David Morrison at the office on Cromwell Street Quay.
Lewis Wind Power (LWP) is a joint venture between Edinburgh-based EDF Energy Renewables
and Wood from Aberdeen.
It is developing wind farms at Uisenis, South Lochs, and outside Stornoway which
would be the two largest renewable developments in the Western Isles.
The company said the size of the proposed projects is critical in making the financial
case for a much needed interconnector cable from the Western Isles to the Scottish
It points out substantial development of wind farms on the island can only happen
if the electricity can be easily exported to the National Grid.
The development will unlock significant community benefits in payments, ownership
Kerry, who is from South Uist, will be available to talk to community groups and
listen to any concerns they might have.
She said: “The new office is our base on Lewis but I expect to be out and about talking
to local people explaining our plans as we move forward with the projects.
“The Lewis wind projects offer the best possible chance of delivering large scale
wind power on the Western Isles, and the many jobs and huge local economic impact
that would follow.”
LWP believes that 2018 will be a critical year for the two projects. The firm hopes
their island wind projects will be given the green light to compete in auctions for
low carbon electricity in early 2019.
Speaking at the opening of the new office, Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, Lewis Wind Power
director said: “We want to make it easy for people to find out what is going on with
the projects and I am delighted that Kerry has taken the community liaison role.
She understands and cares about the Western Isles and it’s great that she has been
able to come back to work with us.
“Lewis Wind Power has a big responsibility in 2018 to make sure that these projects
can win contracts against other renewables projects across the UK. We will also firm
up plans for community ownership with the council and Stornoway Trust.
“Investment in the interconnector can only be triggered by our projects, which have
planning consent and a grid connection. The interconnector would mean there would
be scope for more community projects on the Western Isles.
“It would also unlock the potential for up to 600 jobs at the peak of construction
and up to £400 million of economic benefit over the lifetime of the planned and future
The LWP office is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Lewis Wind Power opens new office in Stornoway
31 January 2018
Kerry Macphee has been appointed community liaison officer for LWP