A groundbreaking floating wind farm to be built off the coast of Caithness has been granted planning permission by the government of Scotland.
Called the Dounreay Trì Floating Wind Demonstration Project, the wind farm was given a “go” signal after the approval of the Hywind Scotland Pilot and the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm. With this recent decision by the government, the country will be having up to 92mW of power coming from offshore wind energy facilities, which is enough to support the electricity needs of around 60,000 homes.
Commenting on the project, Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:
“Once operational, this demonstrator project will help to develop this pioneering technology and cement Scotland’s reputation at the forefront of innovation in the renewables sector.
“With the consent for this project, the Scottish Government has now approved a total of 92MW of floating offshore wind, enough to power almost 60,000 homes.
“This not only highlights our commitment to exploring this innovative technology, but offers real scope for the development of wind energy projects in deeper water, in Scotland and across the world.”
At the same time, Scottish Renewables senior policy manager Lindsay Roberts also welcomed the government’s decision by saying:
“Hexicon’s Dounreay Tri is another ground-breaking project for Scotland’s renewable energy sector and shows how our natural resources and skilled supply chain are proving attractive to businesses from across the globe.”
This floating wind farm project is said to create around 100 jobs for its assembly, installation, operations, and maintenance.