540 MW Wind Farm Proposed for Shetland Islands - - by Matthew McDermott
If all goes well the Shetland Islands will have quite a wind power feather in their cap: Viking Energy (a joint venture between the Shetland community and Scottish and Southern Energy) has submitted an application for a 540 MW wind farm, to be built on the central mainland of Shetland. The wind farm is expected to take up about 250 hectares, consist of 150 turbines of 90 meters in height. Estimated cost is about euro 850 million ($1.25 billion). Expected revenue over the lifetime of the project is anticipated to be about euro 28 million ($36 million) per year. Construction could begin as soon as 2011 and be completed by 2016.