It has been a number of weeks now since Viking Energy’s revised plans for the windfarm were unveiled. Our team listened to what people said and made changes to address concerns. We believe we now have a project that will bring huge benefits to Shetland.
Windfarms are being built all over Scotland but Shetland is in a unique position because the community has a major stake in the project.
As individuals who have spent our lives living and working in Shetland, and now as councillors who are acutely aware of the very real challenges that face Shetland, we strongly believe that the Viking Energy windfarm is an opportunity that must be pursued.
Shetland has few natural advantages and our enviable facilities and services cannot continue as they are without a pro-active growing economy. Opportunities to diversify our economy do not come along often and although the project has been scaled down, it remains large enough to justify the interconnector, which creates opportunities to develop wind, wave, tidal and other renewable technologies.
Shetlanders have always been a self-reliant and resilient people. We have one of the best wind resources in the world and we have the opportunity to harness this for the benefit of our islands and beyond.
Our oil fund has been the envy of Scotland for decades, providing an unparalleled level of community services. Let’s now do the same for future generations with a Shetland wind fund.