Today would have been a smashing day for generating electricity out of the wind. This morning saw winds of 45 mph, gusting to 62 mph. In other words, the turbines could not have operated today. On average, we have one gale a week here, which means that 52 days out of 365 the windfarm would not be able to operate. Which is 14%. I think the cut-off point is a force 6 - correct me if I am wrong. I remember an incident in Holland, where a large windturbine spun out of control in a force 8, which led to the loss of a wing and potentially disastrous consequences for anyone in the vicinity.
Want to know what the wind is like up here? Visit the Eoropie Tearoom website and select Weather. After a second or two, the current weather is displayed in real time. Eoropie is a mile or two from the northern end of the proposed windfarm, and a mile south of the Butt of Lewis.