Final plans submitted for Shetland Wind Farm
Final plans for a proposed wind farm in Shetland, at the heart of the North Sea have been submitted to the Scottish Government by Energy Isles Shetland.
Energy Isles is a consortium of over fifty mainly Shetland-based businesses with a desire to ensure that the benefits of Shetland's emerging new renewable energy sector are retained as far as possible within the Isles. Statkraft has been lead partner on the project since 2019.
The Energy Isles project has evolved throughout this time - starting from a 63-turbine scheme in 2014, to the 23 turbines presently proposed. The turbines will be two different heights;
- 14 turbines with 200m tip height
- 9 turbines with 180m tip height.
This project is estimated to generate enough clean electricity for 190,000 homes each year. A Community Benefit Fund for the project would deliver £800,000 per year, a total of £24m over the 30-year life of the wind farm.
Charlotte Healy, Statkraft Project Manager said: “The Energy Isles wind farm is a very important renewable energy project for Statkraft and I am very proud to see the final plans and Supplementary Environmental Information submitted to the Scottish Government.”
Statkraft is also a member of the Shetland Renewable Development Network (SRDN) and has held 2 Suppliers’ Days, attended by over 100 local businesses.
As part of the community consultation, three separate series of exhibitions have been held as the project has evolved, in June 2018, February 2019 and February 2020. Statkraft has also held discussions about the possibility of Shared Ownership in the project, bringing together Local Energy Scotland and the local community.