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20 Aug 2009 08:08:11

Renewable energy potential of Scottish islands unveiled



Renewable energy potential of Scottish islands unveiled
The Western Isles of Scotland have the potential to significantly boost the country's economy through renewable energy schemes.

That is the conclusion reached by a new report from the Scottish government, which indicated that clean energy projects could also deliver significant community benefits to the islands around the country.

Among the main opportunities identified by study was the potential for a major windfarm in North Lewis capable of providing a 150MW of power generation capacity.

Looking ahead, it forecast that marine energy schemes in the region could generate 105MW by 2015, with tidal and inshore wave power adding a further 75MW and 30MW respectively.

"We now know that renewables can quite easily co-exist alongside environmental designations," said Scotland's enterprise minister Jim Mather.

He added: "We want all areas of Scotland to be able to fully harness our vast potential for cheap, clean and green electricity."

The report also highlighted the potential benefit of smaller, community-run wind developments to destinations such as Harris, the Uists and Bara.

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