The company hoping to build a 12-turbine windfarm between Lerwick and
Scalloway has now reached the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) stage.
Peel Wind Farms (No1) Ltd has submitted an environmental statement for the
Mossy Hill Wind Farm scheme, which would have an overall generating
capacity of 50MW.
As revealed by The Shetland Times a month ago, the proposal was reduced
from its original 21 turbines.
The EIA was co-ordinated by energy consultants TNEI Services, which
assessed: construction and operational noise; peat and carbon soils; carbon
balance; socio-economics and tourism impacts; shadow flicker; hydrology and
ground conditions; and in-combination effects.
Development manager Steve Snowden said the scheme evolved from the initial
21-turbine proposal, which was the basis for the EIA scoping process, to
the submitted 12-turbine layout.
He said: “This final design has successfully reduced the likely effects on
the local communities, sensitive bird species within and across the site
and on the Shetland landscape, including the South West Mainland National
“The scale of development and Shetland’s excellent wind resource mean that
the windfarm is likely to save up to 118,507 tonnes of carbon dioxide
equivalent (tCO2e) over an anticipated 25-year lifespan.
“Renewable energy generation is set to play a vital role in securing the
energy supply on Shetland and in bringing valuable economic benefits.”
“The construction process would result in both direct and indirect job
creation and increased economic activity that would boost the local economy
and a smaller number of long-term jobs would be created to service and
maintain the windfarm.”
The environmental statement and supporting documents are available via the
Shetland Island Council website under Planning Application Reference Number
2018/186/PPF and further project details and updates are also available via
the Peel Energy project website: http://www.peelenergy.co.uk/mossy-hill.
Mr Snowden added: Peel has worked with TNEI on a number of our wind energy
and solar projects. We rely on their expertise and experience to help us
develop and deliver our infrastructure projects.”