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Council delays decision on turbine size

Published on February 13th 2019

Viking Energy has said it is content to wait another week for Shetland Islands Council to  decide on its application for a relatively modest increase in the permitted size of turbines for the wind farm.

Head of development and strategy Aaron Priest said: “We were content to agree to councillors’ request for a week’s extension to the time limit for the SIC to make its recommendation to the Energy Consents Unit. We now look forward to the Full Council meeting next Wednesday.

“The proposed change to the tip height originally granted back in 2012 would allow the project to select the latest and most efficient turbines on the market, increasing the power generated by the project.

“This will maximise the competitiveness of the project and give it the greatest possible chance of securing a Contract for Difference (CfD) in the auction round due to take place in May 2019, and in turn maximise the community and economic benefits the project will bring to Shetland.

“As well as the income from the community share of the project, Viking Energy has committed to paying community benefit of £5,000 per installed MW of capacity, which will provide an income of up to £2,285,000 per year for community projects in Shetland. 

“In summary, Viking Energy will deliver major economic, social and environmental benefit to the Shetland community, will finally connect the Islands to the UK grid and harness a world class wind resource to help tackle climate change.”

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