The Viking wind farm is a 103-turbine, 443MW onshore wind farm that will harness the excellent wind conditions in the Shetland Islands to be capable of producing enough energy to power the equivalent of almost half a million homes, including every home in Shetland*.

When complete in 2024, it will be the UK’s largest onshore wind farm in terms of annual electricity output^, playing a crucial role in contributing towards the UK and Scotland’s net zero targets.

The original consent for the wind farm was approved by Scottish Ministers in 2012, following a decision by Shetland Islands Council not to object in 2010. A revised application was consented again by Scottish Ministers in May 2019, following approval by Shetland Islands Council in December 2018.

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£580m investment and construction nearing completion

In June 2020, SSE Renewables took a final investment decision to proceed with Viking with an investment of around £580m, delivering significant social and economic benefits to Shetland at a time of great economic challenge and uncertainty.

In July 2020, Scottish firm RJ McLeod was appointed principal contractor and in August it was announced that Vestas will manufacture, deliver and install the 103 wind turbines. As part of the deal Vestas will service the wind farm when operational, with the ambition to establish a Shetland-based service organisation providing high quality employment opportunities supported by an apprentice programme.

The project has since supported the island’s, Scottish and wider UK supply chains, creating around 400 jobs at peak construction and creating a skilled workforce in Shetland throughout its operational lifetime.

For more on how Viking will become the UK's largest onshore wind farm in terms of annual electricity output when complete, please click here.

The last of the 103 wind turbines was installed in August 2023, as shown below.

Additional benefits

The people of Shetland will benefit from a preferred return on Shetland Charitable Trust’s initial financial stake in Viking each year for the lifetime of the wind farm. Shetland Islands Council will benefit directly as a landowner on the site and over 200 crofting families will benefit from 50% of the wider ground rental payments on crofted estates.

* 475,099 homes powered per annum based on annual GB average domestic household consumption base of 3.781MWh published by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as of November 2018, and projected total generation output by Viking Wind Farm of 1,796.35 GWh per annum. Equivalent every home in Shetland claim based on 10,235 recorded households in Shetland, published in Shetland in Statistics 2017 by Shetland Islands Council, 2018.

^ Most productive UK onshore wind farm claim based on projected total generation output by Viking Wind Farm of 1,796.35 GWh per annum and a comparison with the leading UK operational and in construction wind farms.

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