Burradale Wind Farm

A small wind farm which represents the first and, for many years, the only wind farm in Shetland, Burradale Wind Farm extends west from the summit of Burra Dale, 2½ miles (4 km) west of Holmsgarth and a similar distance northeast of Scalloway. Burradale is one of the most productive wind farms in the world owing to its exposure to almost constant winds. Owned and operated by Lerwick-based Shetland Aerogenerators Ltd., the farm was built in two phases, having been in planning for seven years. The first phase, comprising three Vestas V47 turbines (each producing 660 kW of power), was commissioned in December 2000. The second phase added two Vestas V52 850 kW turbines, which were commissioned in January 2003, bringing the total output to 3.68 MW. This power is delivered to a distribution station at Lerwick Power Station. The turbines have been given names; Mina, Betsy and Brenda, followed by Karen and Sally.

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