A project the size of the Viking Wind Farm is complex with a huge range of issues to be resolved, including the level of government support and how best to ensure minimal impact on the environment in Shetland. Looking south from Burradale
These issues are discussed in more detail in the pages of this Issues section.
Meticulous planning by the experienced partners will help ensure the wind farm's success. SSE is involved in nearly 60 wind farms and has developed vast knowledge of wind farm building techniques. In Shetland, the owners of Viking Wind Ltd have run the Burradale Wind Farm successfully since 2000.
A Habitat Management Plan (HMP) covering several thousand hectares will be put in place to restore degraded areas of peatland around and beyond the wind farm site and to seek to protect bird species such as whimbrel, red-throated diver and merlin.
The HMP has been identified by the Scottish Government as “far more ambitious and expansive than HMPs which have formed part of mitigation for previously consented wind farms” . Specialist contractors help ensure wind farm building goes well
Issues outwith the partnership’s direct control, such as transmission charges and the interconnector cable, are continually being discussed with governments and the regulatory authorities.
The principle that island wind farm projects should be given specific additional support within the Electricity Market Reform for the power they produce has been accepted by the UK government. Work is still being done to finalise the details of that support.