A meeting is to be held tomorrow (Tuesday September 18th) giving information on plans to upgrade the electricity network to facilitate transmission of power from renewable energy generated on the islands to the mainland.

The public consultation meeting, hosted by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will look at the proposed construction of 25km of new overhead lines in the system linking Lewis, Harris and Skye.

The plan is to replace an old section of the line, removing the existing line and at the same time constructing a new switching station at Balallan and new connections to the overhead line at Balallan, Stornoway and Arnish.

At tomorrow’s meeting at the Caberfeidh Hotel between 3 and 7pm, SSEN’s project team will explain more about the proposals and show maps, engineering plans and a 3D animated video which shows a detailed fly-through of the route with the new infrastructure in place.

A statement from SSEN said: “The development of onshore renewables on Lewis, particularly in the onshore wind sector, has driven a requirement to reinforce theelectricity network on the island to cater for the increased generation capacity and to allow for the export of this power to the mainland.

“We will be holding a public consultation on the proposed project on Tuesday September 18th from 3 – 7pm at the Caberfeidh Hotel, Stornoway.

"All the material on display will also be uploaded to a dedicated webpage https://www.ssen-transmission.co.uk/projects/balallan-switching-station-and-132kv-ohl/