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North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board erects experimental 750kW Howden HWP wind turbine on Susetter Hill, Voe

1989
2000

First 3 turbines of Burradale Wind Farm erected, heralding era of commercial renewables in Mainland Shetland

Burradale grows to 5 wind turbines. The directors mark the opening by suggesting any large wind farm in Shetland should have community ownership

2003
2005

Burradale records world-class load factor of 57%, making prospect of large wind farm even more attractive

Shetland Islands Council and Scottish and Southern Energy sign Busta House partnership agreement to develop large wind farm in Shetland

2007
2009

Application for 150-turbine project in north and central Shetland Mainland submitted to Scottish Government

Revised application for 127 turbines submitted to Scottish Ministers. Shetland Islands Council votes its support

2010
2012

Scottish Government grants consent in April for a 103-turbine Viking wind farm

Wind farm progress held back several years by legal action and changes in UK Government policy on onshore wind

2013
2018

Viking Energy seeks approval for first civil works to build Kergord access track for the converter station and to realign the B9075 Sandwater road

Turbine tip height increased by up to 10 metres, to a maximum of 155m. Wind farm consent renewed.

2019
2020

Major wind farm construction works could begin

Viking wind farm due to be connected to the National Grid selling cleaner, greener power to the nation

2023/4

Viking Energy Updates

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