30 Sep 2010 12:09:05
Shetland windfarm size reduced by 23 turbines
The Viking Energy Partnership has removed 23 turbines from its plans for a windfarm in the central mainland of Shetland.
Plans were originally submitted in May 2009 for a 150-turbine windfarm and these have now been scaled back to cover a smaller area and shorter carbon payback time, which now stands at just one year.
Some campaigners had argued that the windfarm would cause too much damage to Shetland; and the revised plans come following an additional bird survey and further assessment of the peatland area where the development will be built.
Bill Manson, chairman of the Viking Energy Partnership, said that the company has taken the "time and effort" to address these concerns.
"We have also removed two operational access junctions to avoid possible disturbances for nearby residents and reduced the entire network of access roads by 14km, bringing the total to just over 100km," he added.
A windfarm of this size and in this location should be capable of producing 457MW of energy once operational.
Scotland recently increased its renewable energy target from 50 percent to 80 percent by the year 2020.