The Garth Windfarm on the island of Yell in the Shetlands has officially opened.
The project, which has been set up entirely by members of the local community with support from Triodos Bank and REIF Scotland, will bring in a substantial income for the island community of Yell over the next 20 years.
The five turbines, constructed by Enercon and EMN Plant, each measure 45m in height and feature 22m long blades. They have the capacity to produce 4.5 megawatts of power thanks to being located in one of the most windy and most northerly areas of the British Isles.
Overall the wind farm will displace power made by burning fossil fuels in Lerwick Power Station, and will reduce Shetland's carbon emissions by up to 12,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
The construction phase was completed in five weeks and turbine installation in 22 days - an extraordinarily quick time for an island based wind project.
Garth Wind Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of North Yell Development Council which is a registered Scottish Charity, and is one of the oldest and most successful Community Development Organisations.
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