Energy Isles Ltd was formed in February 2014. Initially a consortium of 18 companies operating in fisheries, aquaculture, farming, crafting, marine engineering and support services, it now comprises 33 companies.

Energy Isles was created to develop a plan for a major wind farm in the North Isles of Shetland. After the proposed Viking Energy wind farm is built, there will be spare capacity on the planned 600 MW HVDC interconnector that will transmit the electricity generated to the UK grid.

Collectively, we have a strong desire to ensure that the benefits of the additional renewables developments constructed in the isles are retained here as far as possible.

Our company was formed to develop proposals for a large-scale wind farm (150-200 MW) in the North Isles of Shetland, Yell and Unst. We are currently hard at work along with these communities to devise a scheme that will dovetail with other proposed renewables projects to provide electricity to UK customers from one of the best wind resource regimes in the world.

Onshore wind farms on the Scottish islands with planning consent are able to bid for electricity contracts, known as Contracts for Difference (CfDs), in three auction rounds between now and 2020, against each other and offshore wind farms.

The first project in Shetland to enter this process later this year will be the Viking Energy wind farm, which if successful will require an interconnector cable to allow it to export electricity to the UK grid. This connection would also allow other projects with planning consent and a CfD to be developed.

With the support of a range of experts, we are carrying out all the necessary survey work required to be able to submit a planning application to the ECDU (Energy Consents and Deployment Unit).