• Construction work underway at the new Orkney Research and Innovation Campus

Future Plans

Enterprising and innovative, the Orkney community likes looking forward, with plans for exciting new projects and fresh economic opportunities always underway.

In Orkney, we like to make things happen, with local agencies and organisations working together for the common good of the islands.

Orkney Wind Farm project

Wind is perhaps the one constant in Orkney. The islands are ideally placed to take advantage of this natural resource - indeed, a number of large and small-scale domestic turbines can already be seen across the landscape.

Orkney Islands Council is currently investigating the feasibility of building three community wind farms in the county. Sites at Quanterness in St Ola, the uninhabited island of Faray and in Hoy are all under consideration, with the potential for a total number of 21 turbines to be erected across the three locations.

It's hoped, if progressed, the Orkney Community Wind Farm Project could generate significant income and community benefit for the islands, with all potential profit staying in Orkney.

The developments could also help the Council continue to make the case for a new electricity interconnector, which would support the renewable energy industry locally and the future development of the marine energy sector.