The Scottish Government has approved planning permission for two six-turbine Council owned wind farms at Quanterness and Hoy.
Planning permission is for two six-turbine Council owned wind farms at Quanterness, just outside Kirkwall and at Wee Fea in Hoy.
Orkney Islands Council has issued the following statement:
The two sites are part of the wider Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project, with a similar development also under consideration on Faray in the North Isles
Planning applications for the Quanterness and Hoy projects were submitted in January 2020 and September 2020 respectively, with both subsequently called-in by the Scottish Government, following a request from the Council on the grounds of national significance.
An application for the Faray development was submitted in June 2021 and has also now been called in by the Scottish Government.
Any decision on whether or not to go ahead with the project will be subject to separate decisions by Council and it is likely that this will only be taken once the outcome of all three planning applications is known.
John Mundell is Interim Chief Executive of Orkney Islands Council. He said: “We welcome today’s announcement by the Scottish Government who in the planning process have clearly understood the potential economic benefits of ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project.
“We have one final ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project’ application currently with the Scottish Government and we await a decision in due course.”