U.K. approves world’s 3rd-largest wind farm off Scottish coast

Source: Press Association/Financial Times • Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014

The British government has approved construction of two adjacent wind farm projects off the northeast Scottish coast that combined will create the third-largest offshore wind farm in the world, creating 5,000 jobs and generating enough electricity to power a million homes.The projects proposed by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd. and Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd. will have a maximum generating capacity of 1,866 megawatts from 326 wind turbines. The wind farms could be worth up to £2.5 billion ($4.1 billion) over their lifetime, according to Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.The effect of the projects on birds and the environment will be monitored, Ewing said.

Scotland has set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 (Press Association/Financial Times, March 19)