The Crown Estate has welcomed the announcement today from Scottish Government that four offshore wind projects have been awarded planning consent, totalling a potential 2.284 GW capacity, enough to power around 1.4 million homes.
Ronnie Quinn, Lead for Energy and Infrastructure in Scotland for The Crown Estate said: “Today’s consent announcements from Scottish Government are another milestone in what has been a landmark year for the UK’s offshore wind industry. As manager of the UK seabed, we are delighted to see such positive decisions coming through the planning process, further cementing the UK’s position as a global leader in offshore wind and continuing to attract investors to Scotland.”
The Crown Estate has invested up to a £100 million in a range of projects and research designed to accelerate development and attract investors for offshore wind. Earlier this year, it helped progress two sites – the Beatrice and MORL offshore wind projects, in the Moray Firth, which were awarded consents totalling 1,866 MW; and earlier this summer the Crown Estate announced the lease for UK’s first offshore demonstration of two-bladed turbines on the seabed at Methil.