The super yacht Lady B in Lerwick Harbour recently generated a lot of comment, not least how the single carbon mast at 179ft (approx. 54 metres) towered over the town (The Shetland Times front page, 9th July). An amazing view could be seen from Sound entering the town from South Mainland.
The proposed Viking Energy onshore windfarm has fuelled a lot of comment as well. Folk regularly confess to being unaware of the scale of the 150 turbines. Using this yacht mast as a yardstick, the proposed onshore windfarm turbines would each be 475ft high (approx. 145 metres).
The proposal by Viking Energy is to raise 150 on our hills, running down through the communities and environmentally valuable peatlands.