Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney


It is generally acknowledged that Orkney’s natural environment offers significant potential for the generation of electricity from renewable sources, particularly wind, wave and tidal stream. In recognising Orkney’s potential, a significant new industry has begun to emerge within the county.

Renewable energy currently offers Orkney a critical, but time-limited opportunity to develop a world leading industry which could offer the area significant long-term and sustainable economic and social benefits. The Council is driving forward initiatives to:

  • Secure sustainable, high value employment in manufacturing, research, demonstration and the supply chain.
  • Support meaningful income generation from community-owned projects.
  • Support ongoing fossil generation replacement and C02 reductions.

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