The UK’s Crown Estate has issued lease agreements for five offshore renewable energy sites in Scottish waters that could deliver 5GW of added capacity to the country’s grid.
Each agreement provides an option to take a seabed lease, enabling developers to prepare applications for consent. Final permission is granted by the regulator Marine Scotland and the companies involved have site exclusivity at the locations.
The sites and developers are; Argyll Array with Scottish Power, Beatrice with Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, Inch Cape with Repsol Nuevas Energias UK, Islay with Scottish and Southern Energy Renewables and Neart na Gaoithe with Mainstream Renewable Power.
Together with Round 3 zone tenders, the total awarded capacity in Scottish waters is now almost 10GW.
Richard Lochhead, Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary, said, ‘We’re very pleased to achieve this important milestone, and will continue to work closely with Scottish government and developers to progress projects and attract investment, with the aim of helping meet Scotland’s ambitious targets on renewable energy production. We welcome the announcement by The Crown Estate Commissioners to take these hugely important developments to the next stage.’
He added, ‘Offshore renewable energy provides Scotland with a key opportunity to use our many years of experience and expertise to create clean, green energy for the future. The progression of these sites have been made possible through the terms of our Blue Seas Green Energy marine plan, which demonstrates the Scottish government’s continued commitment to developing a successful and sustainable offshore renewable energy industry. Scotland has an estimated quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resource, making us the powerhouse of green energy in Europe. With this wealth of natural resources it is vital that we plan now to secure the benefits of this next energy revolution for future generations.’
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