A SMALL community owned wind farm project on Fetlar has secured sufficient funding from local businesses and individuals to allow the £223,000 development to go ahead.
In a race against time, Fetlar Wind will now have to install and commission two 25kw wind turbines before the end of the year to still qualify for the Feed-in Tariff subsidy scheme.
The two large domestic turbines will power the Fetlar Green Energy scheme, providing renewable heat and power to the local primary school and other connected buildings.
Project manager Robert Thomson said the company was “extreme grateful” to everyone who had supported the project get it to this stage.
“The extremely short timescales imposed on us by changes to government legislation, both in relation to investment and the Feed-in Tariff, have given us a real challenge, but one that we are now hopefully on course to meet,” he said.
Any surplus generated by Fetlar Wind will be donated to a local charity for use in supporting other community projects.