Hopes that the east of Scotland can become a leader in offshore wind power have been bolstered by the pre-qualification of three major turbine arrays for the new Contract for Difference subsidy scheme.

Officials at developer Mainstream Renewable Power believe their 450MW, 90-turbine Neart na Gaoithe windfarm, off Fife Ness, could be the first large-scale offshore windfarm to be built in Scottish waters, after it was one of those to be backed by Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Repsol and EDPR’s joint 1GW development at Inch Cape, which would see up to 213 turbines installed around 15km off the coast of Angus, was another to win support at the first selection stage, as was the similarly-sized Beatrice project proposed by SSE and Repsol for the Moray Firth.



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