North Isles Wind Farm Welcomes Court Ruling

The Shetland company formed to develop a wind farm project in Unst and Yell has welcomed today’s ruling by appeal judges allowing the Viking Energy wind farm to proceed.

Energy Isles Ltd director Derek Jamieson said Viking would pave the way for additional renewables projects to benefit Shetland communities and the wider islands economy.

“Viking will bring an interconnector cable from the Scottish mainland which will allow other, smaller projects, such as the one Energy Isles is developing, to deliver much-needed income and employment to remote areas which are not benefiting from the current economic boom in Shetland,” he said.

“The Energy Isles project – along with the proposed tidal turbine bridge between Unst and Yell – has already won a lot of support in the North Isles.

“It seems clear from the appeal judges’ ruling that the Viking windfarm will be built. It is our opinion that this will be to the long term benefit of Shetland.

“The interconnector will allow 600MW of renewable energy to be developed in Shetland and Energy Isles wishes to see a substantial part of that remain in local ownership.”