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LATEST estimates suggest the Mossy Hill and Beaw Field wind farms could be operational by 2027 or 2028.

An illustrative view of the planned Beaw Field wind farm from Burravoe, Yell. Image: Peel

Mossy Hill would have 12 turbines and be located outside of Lerwick, while Yell’s Beaw Field would host 17 turbines.

Both developments have planning consent.

A spokesperson for developer Statkraft said: “We aim to begin construction for Beaw Field and Mossy Hill to allow both projects to begin generating in 2027 or 2028.

“We look forward to being able to provide more details on our timelines as we move through the procurement process.”

Meanwhile the spokesperson added that Statkraft is “considering a range of options” for where the power will go from the proposed Energy Isles wind farm in Yell, which is still awaiting consent.

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart failed to get answers when she asked in parliament when the Scottish Government will meet with the council to talk tunnels.

Transport minister Fiona Hyslop was unable to provide a date but thanked Wishart for hosting a meeting in Lerwick with herself and representatives from the Unst and Yell Tunnel Action Groups when she visited in August.

The UK Government’s Scottish secretary Alister Jack has lined up with a meeting with Shetland Islands Council to discuss transport, and the same invitation has gone out to Scottish first minister Humza Yousaf.

Wishart said: “Local reports have shown the growing interest of the UK Government in short subsea tunnels for Shetland.

“Co-operation across local, Scottish and UK Government is needed in order for real progress to be made.”

SSE Renewables says it has now donated almost £400,000 to local charities and groups through the Viking Energy community benefit fund.

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The money comes from the advance grant scheme during the construction of the 103-turbine wind farm.

When the wind farm is operational, it is expected to pay out £2.2 million a year in community benefit.

SSE Renewables managing director Stephen Wheeler said: “SSE Renewables is committed to investing in Shetland communities. We believe that renewables should provide value for communities, and we are proud we re-invest into local areas.”

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