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Energy Isles Wind Farm
Energy Isles Wind Farm is an 18 turbine development located on the island of Yell, in Shetland. The project was consented by the Scottish Government in October 2023.
The project was started in 2012 by a consortium of over fifty mainly Shetland-based businesses with a strong desire to ensure that the benefits of Shetland's emerging new renewable energy sector were retained as far as possible within the isles. Statkraft was announced as the development partner in 2019, to work on the final stages of development, as well as construction and operation of the wind farm.
Energy Isles Wind Farm will see up to 18 turbines constructed, with an installed capacity of approximately 126MW – generating enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 157,000 homes.
Energy Isles has evolved significantly since 2012 - starting from a 63 turbine scheme to the 18 turbines consented. The design of wind farm has been informed by several consultation events, feedback from statutory bodies and details environmental assessments.
This website provides the latest project news since late 2019. To view the planning application and history of the project visit www.energyisles.co.uk.
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Stage 1: Site Selection
The site was first assessed in 2012. Research has shown exceptionally good wind speed and minimal technical constraints on the site.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning
The Energy Isles team has been working on the design and layout over the past six years to get to the design and layout you see today.
At an early stage the view of Scottish Government and Shetland Council is requested on the level of study required (known as "Scoping"). The project evolves, taking information from site studies and engagement with the public, and statutory consultees.
Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Await Decision
In May 2019 an application was submitted to the Scottish Government, accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Report showing the results of all studies undertaken. View here.
Interested parties and statutory consultees such as Shetland Council can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Submit Further Information, and Await Decision
In 2020 and 2021, we submitted further planning information, adjusting some of the original plans. These changes were based on feedback from statutory consultees and the local community.
Stage 5: Pre Construction
If approved, there is a minimum one year gap before construction.
During this period the pre-construction planning conditions are signed off by the local authority and procurement of the turbines and other contracts takes place. It is during this phase that the details of the community benefit fund is discussed with the community.
Stage 6: Construction
Construction begins at least one year after consent. Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction.
Stage 7: Operation (30 years)
The turbines are managed from an on-site maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.
A community fund is active throughout, for worthwhile community initiatives.
Stage 8: Decommissioning
The project team
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