A major energy link connecting the Western Isles and the mainland has been approved by regulator Ofgem.
The 1.8GW Western Isles link is part of the government’s 2030 offshore wind strategy and won formal approval today.
It means wind generated in the waters around the Western Isles can be connected to the grid, supporting the country’s energy needs and providing an economic boost for the islands.
The decision came as part of the Accelerated Strategic Investment (ASTI) framework.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said:
“This is a really positive development for the Western Isles both from an energy perspective and an economic one.
“The potential for generating renewable energy here is immense, and this approval will help ensure much of that is realised.
“This will enable the Western Isles to be at the heart of the UK’s renewable energy revolution, and bring a number of opportunities for people and businesses in the area.”