An additional 6 turbines have been approved for the windfarm for the Eishken Estate. It would appear that construction could start next year (2012 at time of writing), to coincide with the construction of the interconnector.
I have been out of the loop a bit in the past few weeks as I am
blogging off island. However, I was not aware that the interconnector
had been approved. The same applies to the Beauly to Dundonnell
powerlink. I think Mr Oppenheimer is jumping the gun a bit when he makes
such a sweeping announcement.
When I first came to Lewis, in November 2004, I spent some months in
the wilds of South Lochs for some peace and quiet. Wondering the moors
with nothing to bother the eyes but the low hillocks and tranquil
lochans between Habost and Gravir.
If that infernal windfarm, together with the one in Pairc, gets
built, there will be nothing wilderness about the southeast of Lewis. It
will be a money-spinning factory for Oppenheimer, who so very
generously has left us with some beads and mirrors, in the shape of the 6
turbines and their output + revenue.
With thanks to commenter Lady Gargar for drawing my attention to this.