Renewables forum appoints development manager

A development manager has been appointed by the re-convened Shetland Renewable Energy Forum and he intends to focus on securing direct community benefits from new schemes.

Robin Sampson is to lead the task of ensuring that the key objectives of the Shetland renewable energy strategy are met and bring together all those with an interest in how best to move forward.

“One of the key objectives of the Shetland Renewable Energy Forum is to ensure that there are direct benefits to the community from developments in our renewable energy industry, in addition to the increased employment opportunities, income to the islands’ economy and the new skills which those developments will bring,” he said.

“We’re currently putting together an expansive range of activities to ensure that our members have the chance to benefit from some of the exciting projects taking place around the islands, and to input their ideas into Shetland’s renewable energy strategy. We really would encourage everyone with an interest to get involved. Watch this space!”

SREF chairman Bryan Leask added: “We are delighted to welcome Robin to Shetland and are confident his enthusiasm and drive will serve Shetland well in achieving the ambitious aims set out in the renewable energy strategy.

“This is an exciting time for renewable technology in Shetland. With the launch of the NINES project the current limitation of connecting renewable solutions to the grid can be overcome. This in turn will lead to opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities to take advantage of the feed-in-tariffs and renewable heat incentive schemes recently announced by the government.”

For more information on SREF’s aims and objectives, or to enquire about joining the forum, contact Robin Sampson on (01595) 694986 or email


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