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Energy / Mast important to wind farm subsidy bid, developer says

What the Mossy Hill wind farm would look like from Bressay.

A PROPOSED 90 metre meteorological mast is an “integral part” of a wind farm developer’s work towards securing government subsidy, according to documents lodged with the council’s planning service.

Peel Energy has applied for planning permission to erect the tubular anemometry mast for a period of up to 24 months on land between Lerwick and Scalloway.

The mast would be located off the piece of A970 road which runs between Scalloway and the Brig o’ Fitch.

It forms part of preparations for the 12-turbine Mossy Hill wind farm, which Shetland Islands Council’s planning committee approved in 2019.

It will not be the first time Peel has put up a test mast for the Mossy Hill development.

The wind climate data will help Peel inform its bid for the UK Government’s Contracts for Difference renewable subsidy scheme.

The developer said the mast will also help staff to optimise turbine selection for Mossy Hill.

The mast would house meteorological monitoring equipment like wind vanes, anemometers and pressure gauges at varying heights.

Meanwhile Peel has also requested for a further two years to start work on its consented 17-turbine farm in Yell.

Consent issued by the Scottish Government in 2017 said construction should start within five years – November 2022.