Skye’s first windfarm caused serious disruption to traffic yesterday when a lorry carrying part of a turbine tower left the road blocking a major route west.
Chief Inspector Paul Eddington said the accident occurred north of Sligachan, on the A87 Kyle to Portree road, at about 11am. He added that the lorry had been transporting the extremely large bottom section of a tower and a heavy lift crane was needed to move it.
The chief inspector last night said he expected the road to be blocked until about 1am today. In the meantime, motorists faced a lengthy diversion via the A863 through Dunvegan. The tower section had been on its way to Ben Aketil, where the first two of 10 turbines, each capable of generating 2.3MW, have been assembled on site. Isle of Skye Renewables Co-operative (ISRC) was formed earlier this year to benefit from a share in the profits for the local economy from the island windfarm.
20 September 2007
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