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#6736 Ghostrider

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 08:06 PM

Whit isna democratic aboot it? A democratically elected government has done whit governments should do - med a decision for the good of the majority. Some folk dunna lik it, but dat's democracy fur you.

 

Does du expect every decision to go tae a public vote? 

Which democratically elected government made what decision and when? There's been an awful lot of slipping things through on a wing and a prayer by any route possible that didn't involve the democratic process and avoided a straightforward democratic decision. The nearest it ever go to facing the public and them having their say on it directly was at an SIC planning meeting, when surprise, surprise they nodded it through dismissing the advice of their own planning experts and objections from the public.

 

The 'for the good of the country' bit is very much open to debate. There's very little argument that its for the good of the profits of the developer/operator as nlong as it remains so heavily subsidised that regardless whether it produces enough power to make any difference to anything or not, and to a few landowners who are now being paid handsomely for previously worthless (to them) land. Others, maybe not so much.

 

Its a massive project in proportion to the rock its being put on, the nature and character of Shetland will be irreversibly changed either materially, visually of both for at least 50% of the isles, its buget is equally massive, and includes a not inconsequencial sum of Shetland's money. If that isn't enough to justify a referendum where the all the folk involved have the final say yea or nay, then I don't know what would be.

 

The Council had no problem whatsoever throwing out the plans mooted for a super quarry in the north mainland some years back on, AFAIK, effectively visual and disturbance to residents grounds........  The quarries to build VE aren't going to fall all that short of cumulatively being comparable to the mooted super quarry......such a complete U turn then some by the 'powers that be', frankly, stinks something rank.



#6737 BigMouth

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 04:36 PM

I have seen many consultations that would have been better described as foregone consultations.



#6738 Watter

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Posted 20 August 2020 - 09:24 PM

Its worth noting  that the Green party support windmills and want an additional 40,000 to be erected  by 2030 .https://www.greenpar...rgy-revolution/


Edited by Watter, 20 August 2020 - 09:27 PM.


#6739 tarsus

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Posted 21 August 2020 - 03:10 PM

The people of Shetland and their descendants are going to regret not mounting a more vigorous opposition to the the wind farms. I have no doubt that a lot of people have not concerned themselves too much as the wind farm is not on their doorstep but over time more will appear and they will be on your doorstep, IT IS NOT TOO LATE.



#6740 Urabug

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Posted 21 August 2020 - 03:27 PM

Is it not the case that the SNP want Scotland to be self sufficient using completely "green energy" ASAP.

 

While we have a party in power that cannot see beyond so called renewable energy we cannot expect anything else but more wind turbines

 

God help us on a cold winters night when Scotland is flat calm,or it is blowing to hard to use the turbines and we have no back up.

 

https://www.snp.org/...l-for-scotland/



#6741 Colin

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 07:46 AM

This article might be worth a look.

 

https://www.bbc.co.u...reland-55022969



#6742 George.

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 12:18 PM

^^Solar photovoltaic panel installation in Shetland

 

At least there are no wind turbines :cool:



#6743 Urabug

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 04:58 PM

I never hear anyone bragging about the efficiency of those Solar Panels in Shetland,so I'm inclined to think they are not as productive as wind turbines.

 

Solar panels must also require a fair amount of maintenance in this wet,windy ,salty climate I would have thought making them expensive to keep operational.

 

Ma'be some one will show some facts and figures to prove me wrong.



#6744 orkneypaul

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 05:18 PM

No facts and figures but I would Imagine that they canna be that bad as they are the choice power source for the lights and navigation aids  of the Northern Lighthouse Board, 


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#6745 George.

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 05:33 PM

^^Maintenance for a solar panel? About the same as my living room window. It needs wiped over, three or four times a year.

 

Solar panel maintenance: Everything you need to know

 

Unlike wind power which requires..............


Edited by George., 21 November 2020 - 05:44 PM.






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