Onshore wind farms will be supported on remote Scottish islands, in a big victory for developers including SSE and EDF. In their election manifesto the Conservatives also opened the door to the possibility of more onshore wind farms on the Scottish mainland or in Wales, while saying they “do not believe that more large-scale onshore wind power is right for England”. The 2015 manifesto ended subsidies for onshore wind farms in the UK, effectively preventing new projects because they are not commercially viable without guaranteed revenues. However, ministers considered exempting the islands, despite these wind farms being more expensive and needing even higher subsidies than on the mainland owing to the extra cabling costs. The current manifesto commits to “support the development of wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland, where they will directly benefit local communities”.
Times 19th May 2017 read more »