The wee bay at Shader and Ballantrushal on the West Side of Lewis will very soon play host to a tidal barrage, where electricity for 1,800 homes will be generated. Forty generators will be placed in a dam, stretching across the bay. It will not be a visually intrusive structure, apparently.
I am very happy that this structure has been given the green light by Scottish ministers. Although its generating capacity of 4 megawatts is minute, it is in my mind indicative of the way forward for small scale electricity generation. The Isle of Eigg was switched on to its own generating scheme last February, and they have never looked back. Small windfarms (of up to half a dozen turbines) are being designed across Lewis, to be installed in places like Point, Shawbost and Borve. I support those. Not the multi-dozen turbine windfarms that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is still trying to smuggle in through the backdoor.