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Island of Lewis wind turbine plan scrapped  

Credit:  BBC News | www.bbc.co.uk 8 August 2012 ~~

An electricity company has abandoned plans for a multi-million pound wind farm on the island of Lewis.

Plans for 26 turbines on the Pairc Estate have been withdrawn because of the danger to bird life, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) said.

RSPB Scotland welcomed the move commending the company for a “responsible decision”.

The scheme had potential to harm sensitive bird species including golden eagles and merlin the RSPB said.

SSE has agreed in principle that a local developer should take over the lease, with a view to a smaller development.

Environmental consideration

Aedán Smith, RSPB Scotland, said: “We have been concerned about this proposal for a number of years.

“SSE should be commended on this responsible decision which recognises the importance of this site for sensitive species.”

He said: “We hope SSE and other wind farm developers will continue to apply similar thinking and consideration to other sites where there are environmental concerns.

“Although much of Lewis is important for wildlife, there is still scope to develop wind farms as long as they are well sited and designed.”

SSE has agreed in principle that a local developer should take over the lease, with a view to a smaller development.

Source:  BBC News | www.bbc.co.uk 8 August 2012

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