Isles MP Angus MacNeil – who is also chair of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee – is delighted to hear that the Best Community Project award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards has been won by a Western Isles project for the second year in a row.

Point and Sandwick Trust’s Beinn Ghrideag Community Windfarm beat off stiff competition to be named this year’s winner, following the success of Barra and Vatersay’s Wind Energy Project which picked up the award last year.

Mr MacNeil said: “I would like to congratulate Point and Sandwick Trust on winning this prestigious award which is very well deserved. The Community Trust have overcome many challenges to create the UK’s largest community owned windfarm which will bring significant benefits to their local community.

“It is fantastic to see island projects leading the way with innovative community renewable projects. Island communities have shown their motivation and ambition through the many projects which are underway.

“I will continue to put pressure on the UK Energy Minister Amber Rudd MP not to implement measures which could make such projects much more difficult for communities in the future.”