Judges back 103-turbine wind farm in Scotland

Plans to build a major wind farm in Scotland has been given the go-ahead by the courts. The controversial Viking Energy project had been put on hold after a series […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Plans to build a major wind farm in Scotland has been given the go-ahead by the courts.

The controversial Viking Energy project had been put on hold after a series of challenges but appeal judges ruled the 103-turbine wind farm should keep its government consent.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing had granted consent for the 370MW wind farm in 2012 but protestors claimed the development is too big and would blight the landscape.

Once constructed, the wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 175,000 homes. The project is estimated to bring around £30 million of annual income for the local community.

Alan Bryce, Viking Energy Shetland Chairman said he is “pleased” about the decision, adding: “We believed the consent decision would stand up to the closest scrutiny and this outcome validates our position that this project can benefit the local and wider environment.”