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Status: Approved

Beaw Field is located on Yell, one of the Northern Isles of Shetland. The exceptional wind resource on Yell means that this area is ideally suited to wind farm development. 

The application for constructing and operating a 17 turbine wind farm, north of Burravoe on Yell was approved by the Energy consents Unit on 30 November 2017.

The Project

The approved scheme will consist of up to 17 turbines with a maximum height to blade tip of 145m and include a number of schemes for the restoration, enhancement and maintenance of the site.

This wind farm would generate approximately 239 Gigawatt hours of electricity per annum – a very significant amount of energy for the North Isles and Scotland fulfilling local, Scottish and UK energy requirements as well as supporting key policy aims. 


Photomontage - Illustrative View From Gossabrough Beach

The Benefits

Peel energy is committed to providing lasting and tangible benefits to the communities in which it operates. Once constructed and operational the project will deliver a range of benefits including the creation of a habitat plan aimed at improving the landscape around the site for the benefit of key bird species including red-throated diver and merlin; a peat management plan to restore areas of degraded poor quality peatland; improved road surfaces that will serve the route to the wind farm; a community benefit package equivalent to £5,000 per installed MW every year and substantial business rate payments to Shetland Isles Council every year the scheme operates.


Photomontage - Illustrative View From Burravoe Old Haa

Thank you for your views

We would like to thank all those who took part during the planning process which has now completed.  Your feedback was considered by ECU and the Scottish Ministers. We were pleased to see so many letters of support and have responded to all of the concerns raised in letters of objection which were considered thoroughly. The support we have received for the project is very encouraging.


All of the project documents may be downloaded directly from the Energy Consent Unit’s website at the following web address.  Please either search for ‘Beaw Field’ or use the ECU reference - EC00003121


Find out more

A key part of our work is to ensure that the potential impact of any new wind farm on the natural environment and surrounding communities is fully understood. That’s why a wide range of assessments has been undertaken at Beaw Field involving extensive surveys and studies, guided by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations.


The results of the surveys have been collated into an Environmental Statement (ES) which has been submitted with the application for consent. A full copy of the ES can be viewed at the following locations:

A full copy of the ES can be viewed at the following locations:

Shetland Isles Council offices, Lerwick, Shetland;

Burravoe Public Hall, Burravoe, Yell, Shetland; and

The Scottish Government Library, Edinburgh

Additional hard copies are available at cost, electronic copies and copies of a short non-technical summary are available free of charge. Please contact us if you would like a copy.

The ES considers the following topics:

  • Landscape and Visual
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Noise
  • Traffic and Transport
  • Water environment
  • Ground conditions and Geology
  • Aviation
  • Telecommunications
  • Shadow flicker
  • Socio-economic impacts
  • Access and Recreation

Beaw Field Wind Farm Plan

Contact Details

For queries relating to Peel Energy please email:


Or write to us at:

Peel Energy, Peel Dome, Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8PL The Energy Consents Unit may be contacted by email at:


or by post to:

The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU.


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