With regard to Evelyn Morrison’s letter in this week’s Shetland times; if and when a windfarm application is lodged for the South Mainland I will not be objecting (and you can quote me on that).
With regard to possible health effects of living near a windfarm, with the number of windfarms now in existence (around 200 GW worldwide and rapidly growing; the most in a European country being Germany with 27 GW) you would think that if there was links to definite health effects then this would be clearly define where a turbine can be sited in relation to where people live.
Although much is made of this by anti-windfarm groups – is there actual non biased evidence from reliable independent studies from the likes of the NHS? If there is; it follows that there should be litigation cases against the windfarm owners does it not? One or two successful cases would stop them in their tracks.
A renewable energy industry could be hugely beneficial in Shetland’s long-term future. We are already seeing several companies interested in establishing the beginnings of marine renewables and several smaller windfarm proposals in Shetland.
For this to come to anything will need a link into the national grid. We can either look on this positively in the hope that it may add diversity to our economy or choose the negative view and turn our backs on it.