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We would remind Mr Priest that the Sustainable Shetland legal challenge finished with the Supreme Court decision in February 2015 so, from that time, whether or not the project proceeded had nothing to do with Sustainable Shetland.

Delays were then due to lack of grid connection and CfD finance. Only when those hurdles were overcome did the project become realistic.

‘There is a bigger picture’ – Viking’s Aaron Priest moves on to next project

It is also clear that continuing to invest in the wind farm beyond the £10 million already committed would have put too much of the charitable trust assets at risk in a single investment. Fortunately, the trust’s expert advisers took the same view and the trustees took that advice.

Having played a major role in messing up the Shetland landscape, Mr Priest is now turning his attention seawards.

The Arven floating wind farm also promises to be a very challenging project to bring to fruition. We do not share his view that massive wind farms, both on and offshore, will be of great benefit to Shetland.

Frank Hay
Sustainable Shetland

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