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More of the full extent of the crippling blow dealt to the Islands by the complete failure of the subsea cable supplying electricity from the mainland to Lewis and Harris was made clear today (Tuesday October 27) with a bleak statement from Point and Sandwick Trust.

The failure of the subsea cable between Skye and the Isle of Harris took place on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Calum Macdonald, developer of Point and Sandwick Trust’s wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag, said: “We haven’t been able to produce any output since the cable went down and it now looks like we won’t be able to produce any output for up to 12 months, according to SSE.

“That means we will not be earning any income over these 12 months.

“That obviously has serious consequences for the money we normally give out to the various organisations and projects that we support, so we will need to discuss with our beneficiaries and our stakeholders the situation and work out the best way forward for this difficult period.”