Shetland is a group of islands about 200 km north of Scotland. It is home to 22,000 people, and has some of the most dramatic landscapes, seascapes in the world. In 2007 National Geographic travelers magazine described it as one of the world's top unspoilt island destinations, ranking it third out of 111 islands surveyed by a panel of 522 sustainable tourism experts.
This cluster of more than 100 islands sits like a jewel between the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
Plans to develop a massive 150 turbine wind farm in Shetland would have a detrimental impact on the perception of Shetland as unspoilt islands. Tourists who visit and appreciate Shetland for its natural unspoilt landscapes may be much less likely to visit. People who live in Shetland, and those still to come in the next 25 years, would lose an important part of their cultural heritage: a landscape of sea, hill and uninterrupted hilltop skyline.
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Sustainable Shetland is a campaign group formed in March 2008 in response to a proposal for a large scale wind farm in Shetland. We believe these large industrial projects are damaging to our environment. We believe that the Viking Energy wind farm endangers Shetland Community Funds, project costs are underestimated and project income grossly over stated.
We believe that the Viking Energy proposals are everything we do not need in Shetland: they are financially risky and potentially damaging to the Shetland environment.
We want to see sustainable renewable energy projects in Shetland which are fit for scale and fit for purpose, and provide real community benefit.
We are not an "anti windfarm" campaign. However we are strongly opposed to the Viking wind farm proposal. Other projects will be considered on their own merits.