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Scottish government ministers challenge Shetland wind farm ruling

Viking Energy wind farm protest poster
Image caption Protesters argue the development is too big and would blight the landscape

The Scottish government is to appeal a Court of Session ruling to quash consent for a major wind farm in the centre of Shetland.

Lady Clark of Calton last month said she was not satisfied ministers complied with their obligations under European nature legislation.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish government said ministers did not agree that the application was incompetent.

The 103-turbine wind farm would be one of the biggest in Scotland.

Community company Viking Energy is behind the plans.

Protest group Sustainable Shetland launched the judicial review.

Protesters claim the development is too big and would blight the landscape.

Supporters argue it would raise money for the islands, create jobs and help meet renewable energy targets.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing granted consent for the scheme in April last year.

The 370MW wind farm is aimed at powering more than 175,000 homes despite Shetland having a population of about 22,000.

It has been estimated the wind farm could bring about £30m annual income for the local community.

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