The company which recently acquired the rights to develop a wind farm in the south of Yell has announced two public exhibitions to inform the local community about its plans for the site.
Peel Energy hopes to develop the Beaw Field Wind Farm near Burravoe, and says the site could accommodate a maximum of 28 wind turbines up to a height of 145 metres – though that number “may reduce due to technical, environmental and commercial constraints on the site”.
The exhibitions will take place over two days, the first on Tuesday 21 April between 2pm and 7pm at Burravoe Public Hall, and the second on Wednesday 22 April between 3pm and 8pm in Mid Yell Public Hall.
Peel Energy representatives will be available to answer questions from members of the public, elected councillors, local businesses, council officials and any others who attend.
Along with information about the company and wind power more generally, there will be maps of the proposed turbine layout for Beaw Field, a 3D computer simulation of what it could look like from any part of the local area, and possible ideas for models of how community benefit payments might be managed.
The company acquired the plans from Enertrag, which in August 2011 floated its plans to erect 17 turbines with a capacity of up to 100MW.
The project is only likely to go ahead if an interconnector cable joining Shetland’s electricity network to the national grid – essential for Viking Energy’s plans for a larger wind farm in Shetland’s central mainland – get the go-ahead.
Peel Energy’s development manager Bernadette Barry said: “We are looking forward to presenting our plans for Beaw Field Wind Farm on Yell.
“We would encourage members of the local community to come along to discuss our plans with us and let us know their thoughts.”
She added: “Because of the fantastic natural resources in the area, Shetland is one of the best areas of the UK for generating clean, secure energy, not just wind. The islands can be at the forefront of this sector for generations to come and we hope the Beaw Field Wind Farm will play a key part in that future.”
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