Western Isles community groups are raising public awareness about the progress of their wind projects over the course of this week.
Details of plans for small-scale windfarms for Tolsta, Galson, Point and Horshader are being presented to their respective communities, along with an update on progress on each and providing an opportunity for local feedback.
The presentations are part of Community Wind Week,organised by the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company.
On Friday afternoon, the individual wind-farm proposals for these four districts will be on open display in Stornoway Town Hall.
This will allow any member of the general public to drop in and see the various stages of each of the community wind projects, view the feasibility studies, see pictures of the proposed sites and speak to the representative of the communities who are taking these projects forward.
Representatives of the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company, who have provided support and funding to each of the community groups, will also be available at all the meetings throughout Community Wind Week and will be on hand at Stornoway Town Hall to answer any queries.
Visitors will also be able to view details of the progress of other community wind projects in the Western Isles, such as North Harris Trust, who have already secured planning consent for their project, North Uist, South Uist and Barra.
Atmos Consultants who are assisting the communities in drawing up their planning applications will also be in attendance to discuss the planning aspects of developing a community wind project.
Rona Womersley, HICEC development officer for the Western Isles said: “The community groups have put a huge amount of time and effort to get their projects ready to apply for planning permission.
“Community Wind Week will provide an opportunity for them to share their work with the wider community and to receive feedback on their ideas for development.
“These projects ultimately aim to sustain and enhance local communities in the Western Isles for many years to come.”
The community presentations are open to all members of the communities concerned and members of the general public are encouraged to come along to the Open Day at Stornoway Town Hall to gain more information about these community wind projects.
26 March 2008
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