540 MW Wind Farm Proposed for Shetland Islands
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If all goes well the Shetland Islands will have quite a wind power feather in their cap: Viking Energy (a joint venture between the Shetland community and Scottish and Southern Energy) has submitted an application for a 540 MW wind farm, to be built on the central mainland of Shetland:The wind farm is expected to take up about 250 hectares, consist of 150 turbines of 90 meters in height. Estimated cost is about £800 million ($1.25 billion). Expected revenue over the lifetime of the project is anticipated to be about £23 million ($36 million) per year. Construction could begin as soon as 2011 and be completed by 2016.
One potential hurdle: A separate sub-sea electrical connection will need to built between the Shetlands and Scotland. That'll be done under a separate project application by Scottish and Southern. Without that connector the wind farm will not be built.
Shetland Islands Wind Speeds a Big BonusConnection to the mainland aside, the main advantage of wind power in the Shetlands is that due to advantageous wind speeds wind farms built there are likely to be twice as productive as those on the mainland.
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