Footprint - area which is actually build upon.
In any development the footprint of a site is always much smaller than the total site size.
According to the Viking Energy scoping document of January 2007, the site size is 12800 hectares (about 32000 acres). This is a conservative estimate, because it doesn't include some of the valleys at the side of hills, nor does it include main roads running through the site, nor does it include villages and settlements which will be surrounded by turbines. So the 32,000 acres site size is a minimum site size.
Recent claims from Viking Energy Ltd (12/3/08) that the footprint had shrunk by a third from 9km2 to 6km2 are based on the reduction in the number of turbines in their initial grossly inflated numbers, to a number closer to what their target number may be. It's just used car sales tactics, ask for a lot, reduce it later and the poor buyer will think they have driven a hard bargain. The final number will most likely be less than the current 154. Their own scoping report in January 2008 said that the number is "unlikely to exceed 150".
The art of spin is taking an unfavourable news story or fact - in this case "Tresta Estate refuses to give permission to Viking Energy Wind Farm", and turning it into a positive one "wind farm footprint reduced by a third". The clever bit is using the word footprint, but trying to imply the total site area of the wind farm has been reduced by a third, when of course it hasn't. The footprint is the bit which gets dug up and built upon, so 6km2 (ie. 600 ha) footprint is a built area equivilent to 858 football pitches!
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.