The Stronelairg wind farm. Image by SSE (www.sse.com)
The renewable energy unit of UK utility SSE (LON:SSE) said today it will provide all the future financing required to deliver the 103-turbine Viking wind farm in Shetland, Scotland.
The company has so far been developing the project in an equal partnership with the Shetland community, which is represented by Viking Energy Shetland (VES). The latter will benefit from a preferred return on its investment to date if the plant is completed, an announcement on SSE’s website says.
SSE Renewables and VES won consent in 2012 to build a wind farm in Shetland with a maximum installed capacity of up to 457 MW. The approval was reaffirmed in February 2015 after the initial decision was challenged by anti-wind farm campaigners.
Just recently, the developers received clearance for a small increase in the permitted size of wind turbines, allowing the use of machines with a tip height of up to 155 metres instead of 145 metres.
“The increase in tip height is a relatively modest, but important, change which allows the project to choose from the latest and most efficient turbines on the market and increase the amount of renewable power that can be generated,” commented a spokesperson for Viking Energy.
The project is being prepared for the contracts for difference (CfD) auction.