Scotland Office Minster David Mundell today visited Skye to officially open Edinbane Windfarm.
The day started with Mr Mundell visiting Rag Tag ‘n’ Textile in Balmacara a social enterprise working with people recovering from mental health problems. Mr Mundell met with Cidie Reiter, Business Development Manager and Jan Ward, Office Manager before been given a tour of the workshop where e met several members of staff.
Mr Mundell then visited the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Portree on Skye where he was met by Davie Urquhart the Coxswain and was given a short tour of the Station describing the work of the RNLI before meeting several members of the crew.
In the afternoon Mr Mundell visited Edinbane Windfarm to take part in the official opening ceremony. The Minister was met by met David Hodkinson, Director/Head of Development and Anders Dahl, Head of Vattenfall Windpower. Following an introduction and an overview of the Windfarm the Minister cut the ribbon with the help of a pupil from Struan Primary School with the ribbon being held by the two landowners who own the land on which the farm is built.
After the visit Mr Mundell said:
“Edinbane represents a significant engineering feat, having been constructed in one of the farthest flung corners of the British Isles. It is well worthy of celebration for that alone, as well as it rebewable energy generating capacity. I was delighted to perform the opening along with local children from nearby Struan Primary School.”
Anders Dahl, head of Vattenfall Wind Power, said: “We are happy to be opening Edinbane Wind Farm, Vattenfall’s first onshore wind farm in the UK. We are pleased that Vattenfall’s investment in onshore wind is being recognised by the Minister and the Coalition Government.”