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Western Isles application lodged for small wind farm

TXU Europe and Farm Energy, the development team building three wind turbines on Stronsay (above) is to apply to build a similar wind cluster on the Hebridean island of Lewis. The three turbines are planned for Arnish Moor, four kilometres from Stornoway, the major town of the Western Isles. The application is likely to be viewed favourably by the Western Isles Council, which hopes to make the Western Isles the "alternative energy capital of Europe." It has bid for the islands to become an energy innovation zone with funding to attract research, development and production of renewable energy. This could create up to 1000 new jobs, claims the council. Its convener, Alex MacDonald, says: "The Western Isles are ideally placed to capitalise on the alternative energy market with our wind, wave and tidal resources." The council also proposes fiscal incentives to attract companies to locate there.

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