Hot on the heels of its successful community share offer, Urras Energy Society has raced ahead with site preparation works for its two new wind turbines at Baile an Truiseil on the west side of Lewis. 

Foundation build for the new turbines is due to get underway imminently.

Despite the poor recent weather, the civil engineering contractor, Borve-based North West Aggregates, has risen to the challenge and great progress has been achieved in forming the access and hardstanding structure for one of the turbines located close to Loch Sminig. 

The contractor has now moved to the final site, close to the existing turbine, and is well underway with similar works.

North West Aggregates will now be joined on site by a new contractor that will construct the two turbine foundations for Enercon, the turbine supplier. 

The foundation build will commence imminently and this next stage is expected to complete by late May, subject to weather and delivery of materials. 

Electrical cabling works are scheduled to commence in June and last for six weeks, to ensure that an overlap with the turbine installation team through July can be achieved.

Agnes Rennie, founder Member of Urras Energy, commented : “It’s imperative that speedy progress is made in the construction process to achieve our objectives and we are making very good headway so far. We are excited to now be at the stage where the turbine foundations are going to start emerging out of the ground in the next few weeks, bringing us ever closer to the turbines arriving in the middle of the year.”

Photo shows : James Macleod of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn with Agnes Rennie, Carola Bell and Norman Thomson of Urras Energy at the final wind turbine site in Baile an Truiseil.