Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:18

£2.6BN Investment a 'Major vote of confidence' in Scotland's renewables industry

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PROJECT TO CREATE JOBS AND QUADRUPLE OFFSHORE WIND CAPACITY

SNP MSP Gail Ross has welcomed the announcement that the construction of a new £2.6bn offshore windfarm is to go ahead – describing the move as a major vote of confidence in Scotland’s renewables industry and a welcome economic boost for the North of Scotland.

The project will see the construction and deployment of 84 turbines in the outer Moray Firth stretching from the Caithness Coast to Moray. Overall, the project has the potential to generate electricity for 450,000 homes, support almost 900 jobs and will almost quadruple offshore wind capacity in Scotland.

Commenting, Ms Ross – the newly elected MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross – said:

“This is fantastic news not just for communities and businesses in my constituency, but for the whole of Scotland – representing a major vote of confidence in our renewables industry.

“The Scottish Government has shown welcome and global leadership on renewable energy – already powering through the target of generating half of Scottish electricity consumption from renewables.  

“But this new project shows the potential to go even further – almost quadrupling Scotland’s offshore wind capacity – and will make a huge contribution to meeting our ambitious renewables and climate change targets.

“This scheme also shows that the North of Scotland has so much to offer in terms of clean, green and sustainable energy – and there are real opportunities for companies across the area to benefit.  I’m also delighted at the prospect for local communities to receive community benefit from the scheme.

“But today’s announcement should also stand as a stark warning to the UK Government – that our renewables industry is making welcome contributions to economic growth and job-creation and its potential must not be held back by wrong-headed ideological attacks from an out of touch Tory government.”

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Further details can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36357539