Shetland turbines get go-ahead

1 August 2014

Scottish judges have removed the last legal obstacles to the 370MW Viking project on the Shetland Islands.
A judgment from October 2013 that the Scottish government should not consent to the product until an electricity generating licence had been granted was overturned, as was one stating that the likely effects of the 103-turbine installation on migratory birds had not been adequately addressed.
The former ruling had raised concerns that setting a precedent whereby licenses had to be granted before projects could be approved (contrary to standard UK practice) might have affected other, similar undertakings.
A potential load factor of up to 50% would make the scheme, which is a joint venture between utility SSE and Viking Energy, the most productive of its kind in Europe.

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