Urquhart: Viking decision is great news
Independent Highlands and Islands MSP Jean Urquhart has welcomed the “great news” that progress can be made on the Viking Energy windfarm.
Ms Urquhart said the windfarm will create 140 jobs in the construction phase and around 35 permanent jobs in operation.
“It’s great news that the Viking project is now able to go ahead. Scotland has the potential to be a world leader in clean energy, and ambitious developments like this will help us get there.
“Shetland is especially well-suited for wind energy; in fact the developers hope Viking will become the most productive onshore wind farm in the world.”
Referring to Shetland Charitable Trust’s 45 per cent stake in the project she said: “I’m particularly pleased that
Viking will be part-owned by a community charitable trust – ideally, all energy projects should have a community stake. Our renewables revolution should be about more than just replacing big oil corporations with big windfarm corporations.
“It is essential now that the Shetland Islands Council makes plans to allow for more local and community involvement in further developments. This decision should provide real opportunities for communities and not open the flood gates to wholly owned commercial companies.
“From energy to land reform, creative use of the new Community Empowerment Bill could see even greater benefits to some of the most vulnerable parts of Shetland.”