The Western Isles’ first community-owned wind turbine has arrived on Lewis.
The components have been taken to South Shawbost and will be installed on common grazing land.
It is hoped that the turbine will be connected to the national grid by the end of September.
Energy generated by the turbine will be sold through the Feed-in Tariff scheme and provide about £80,000 for South Shawbost, Dalmore and Dalbeg.
The Horshader Community Trust was established in 2005 to plan, build and run the community turbine. A number of consultations have been held to plan how best to spend the money raised for the community’s benefit.
The project created its first job in January, with the trust appointing Angela Macleod as development officer to ensure that the funds generated by the turbine are distributed according to the wishes of the community.
Ms Macleod said: “It is all systems go now. Foundation works on-site are complete and we have the road access established. The site has one of the best possible wind resources in the UK and will help fund our community needs to improve life here for the next generation and hopefully reduce depopulation.”