Green light for four Scottish offshore wind farms

Four major offshore wind farms in Scotland have been granted development consent by the Scottish Government.

The Neart Na Gaoithe, Inch Cape Offshore Limited, Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo projects in the Forth and Tay region will have a total capacity of 2.28GW.

They will generate enough electricity to power more than 1.4 million homes in Scotland and cut 135 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “These wind farms alone could generate a combined gross value added of between £314 million and £1.2 billion in Scotland over their lifetime and generate between 2,567 and 13,612 jobs during the construction period.

“Granting consent for these developments will enable them to bid for an offshore wind contract for difference (CfD) under the UK Government’s Electricity Market Reform process.”

Scotland has set a target of generating the equivalent of 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.